There are many things about formal education that I don’t understand.
Pythagoras’ Theorem for example. I have never once in my adult life needed to work out the angle of a triangles points.
I have only ever had to recall the elements of the periodic table for the purpose of a pub quiz and the Latin I ‘learnt’ in the hope of using it in my career as a pathologist or criminal psychologist is buried so deep I doubt I will ever recall more than the rhyme:
Which everyone has heard anyway.
But, one very useful tool I did take away from my schooling is the beauty of the simple tally chart.
Today is has come in handy for counting how often we use these common parenting phrases;
1) No thank you (5,009 approx)
2) Get out of there (3,912)
3) Come over here (possibly with a please depending on the time of day/patience ratio ( I didn’t really keep an actual tally you know but one day I will!)
4) Get that out of your mouth/nose/ear canal (or in one particularly high point- your botty…in relation to a toothbrush…) you turn your back for one minute!
5) What Do you Say?!
6) Because…(tailing off before finding a suitable answer which is not too long winded, scary, complicated or a lie)
7) Put that back
8) Come down before you fall
9) Where did you hurt (whilst internalising the SEEEEEEEEEE, I TOLD YOU SO!)
10) Stop hitting your sister.
Thankfully, coming in at number 11 was I love you very much…it was some way behind the others but it’s in there.
We’re going to be late and I’m going to count to 3 were very close contenders but just missed out on the top spots!!
Loads of love,