Dinner With a Preschooler

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Dinner at our house is hit or miss, but whether the kids are eating or not, it is definitely chaotic.  I always try to figure out at what point exactly the chaos kicks in.  I have no idea.  It just seems to appear out of nowhere.  Take tonight for example.  We all sat down to dinner together.  Here is a transcript of our dinner:

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Chris to me:  I’ve been thinking about the backyard.  I think in the spring…

Bean:  WINTER, SPRING, SUMMER, FALL.  I KNOW MY SEASONS, I KNOW THEM ALL.

Me to Bean:  Good job, buddy!  What season is it right now?

Bean to me:  Fall!

Me to Bean:  Yes, it is!

Chris to me: …I’m going to kill off all the grass and then lay sod.  If I get it in before summer…

Bean:  WINTER, SPRING, SUMMER, FALL.  I KNOW MY SEASONS, I KNOW THEM ALL.

Chris to me:  …then it should be growing nice by next fall.

Bean:  WINTER, SPRING, SUMMER, FALL.  I KNOW MY SEASONS, I KNOW THEM ALL.

Me to Grace:  Get your spoon out of your hair, Gracie.

Bean to me:  DON’T TALK WITH YOUR MOUTH FULL, MOM!

Me to Bean:  Thanks, buddy.  Sorry.

Me to Chris:  I think that sounds like a good idea.  We really need to do something.  We have this great backyard, but we can’t use it.

Me to Gracie:  Eat your yogurt with a spoon, Gracie, not your hand.

Chris to me:  Yeah, I feel like we went all summer…

Bean:  WINTER, SPRING, SUMMER, FALL.  I KNOW MY SEASONS, I KNOW THEM ALL.

Chris to me: …without really using it.

Bean to Chris:  DON’T TALK WITH YOUR MOUTH FULL, DAD!

Chris to Bean:  Sorry.

Gracie:  “Mo peeees!  Mo peeeees!  Mo peeees!”  (translation: More please)

Bean to Gracie:  GRACIE!  DON’T TALK WITH YOUR MOUTH FULL!

Chris to me:  I’m loving this weather today.  It finally feels like fall.

Bean:  WINTER, SPRING, SUMMER, FALL.  I KNOW MY….

Chris to Bean:  BEAN!  That’s enough, dude.

Bean:  DAD!  YOU’RE TALKING WITH YOUR MOUTH FULL!!

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Dinner at our house is definitely chaotic, and sure to give you heartburn.  But it’s also highly entertaining!

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15 Thoughts to “Dinner With a Preschooler”

  1. I had to read this one out loud to my hubby… it was so funny! Zoe isn’t ready to fully join conversations yet, but dinner definitely goes about the same at our house =)

  2. Grandma Barnes

    That’s my boy!

  3. Chloe

    Hehe sounds fun!

  4. Jamie

    HAHAHAHAHA so stinking hysterical {is all i’ve got to say}

  5. Kat

    hahah Bean man, so cute. I love it.

  6. LOL! Sounds like an episode of Modern Family!

  7. Joke

    Ha so funny! Sounds like an awesome dinner to me 🙂

  8. Meredith Jones

    hahahahaha. this is cute 🙂

  9. Casey

    I love it! Dinner in our house is pretty similar but instead of singing about the seasons my girls are stuck on, “Hey Mom, what time is it?” And no matter what my response they get into the, “It’s peanut butter jelly time! Peanut butter jelly time!”

  10. Ha, Bean is just too funny

  11. I hear ya on the eating yogurt with hands business. Sullivan loved the novelty of the fork and spoon for a few weeks then realized it’s much faster to just shovel it in with his hands. The dog loves it, though.

  12. Same at my house. Sometimes I get so frustrated that I just tell my husband, “I’ll talk to you later” because it’s so hard to talk during dinner.

  13. love this. Having a 3 year old and 1 year old myself I can totally appreciate this.

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