He's little, I'm big
Adults and children don't always share perspectives.
Adele Hamilton, Editor Parent24 (Shawn Benjamin)
"Hey Mom, today is the hottest day of my whole life!” says Joel.

He means that this is the hottest forecast temperature in his living memory. How funny to be so young that you can realise something like that.

How Joel sees the world can be funny, especially when I see it by surprise. But being 35 years older than him, I often assume a frame of reference that isn’t there. I assume he knows about drugs and sex and other adult topics, but then he will say something that makes me realise he is not following.

When his friends don’t want to play with him because he didn’t bring his cricket ball, it is a big deal. No amount of “Well, then they are not true friends...” can make it seem small.

Although he is fast approaching my height and shoe size, he is still able to laugh himself breathless at silly cartoons that leave me cold.

And how awesome: he knows which is the hottest day of his life so far!

Some ways kids see life:

From boy to man – Your son's journey from pre-teen to manhood.

Joost and my kids – How do we explain when role models wobble?

She drives me crazy – Why teenage daughters are programmed to annoy adults.

Do you remember what being a child felt like? Share your understanding (or lack of it...)

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