Though perhaps not the most enlightening or deep conversations I have all day, the talks I have with my son each morning are some of the most fun (and sometimes frustrating) ones I have all day.
When waking up in the morning
Me: Good morning Tristan. Did you have a good nights sleep.
Tristan: No, No daddy. Want mommy.
When discussing breakfast
Tristan: Daddy, snack.
Me: Do you want some breakfast?
Tristan: No, snack.
Me: OK buddy what would you like.
Me: No buddy, it’s 6 am, we don’t have cupcakes in the morning.
Tristan: No, cupcake!
Me: Sorry bud, no cupcakes this early, choose something else.
Me: No bud, we don’t eat goldfish at 6am. how about we have some breakfast. Maybe some peanut butter toast?
Tristan (sobbing now): No, goldfish!
Me: No way buddy. Sorry
Me: Tristan, how about some cereal?
Tristan (angry now): Cracker!
Me: No buddy, it is too early for crackers.
Tristan (again sobbing): Gram cracker
Me:………….fine, you can have a gram cracker.
Deeper conversations about life
Me: Tristan, do you want to watch the news this morning?
Me: Well, do you want to watch cartoons?
Me: Oh is there anything you want to do this morning? Do you want to read a book or play with your toys?
Me: Are you grumpy this morning?
Me: Do you just want to say no to everything today?
Me: Are you not satisfied with your life?
Me: Well what should we do about that?
Me: OK, good talk son.
Before I leave for work
Me: Tristan, daddy is going to work, can I have a hug?
Me: Why not?
Tristan: Because I’m a pirate! Arrrrrrrrggg.
Me: Sounds good bud, I’ll see you later.