So my kids are 7 and 9 and they’ve picked up this new habit of saying, “That’s weird.” or “That guy’s weird.” or “MOM, YOU ARE WEIRD!” And I got kind of sick of it because “weird” is, in my estimation, a lazy, judge-y word. There is ALWAYS a better adjective than weird, am I right?
So I explained to them that “weird” is a lazy word for when you can’t think of anything else to say and darnit if my kids are not going to be EXACT IN THEIR SPEECH.
Yes, this is a conversation I have with 7- and 9-year-olds. All the time.
So we’ve been brainstorming on more specific things to say when they are possessed by the need to label some thing or some person as weird, and every now and then, for the past few days one of them will pipe up – out of nowhere – “UNIQUE!” or “INTERESTING!” or “CREATIVE!” or some other adjective that doesn’t really mean “weird” at all, but is nonetheless very descriptive.
For example, last month, one of them might have said, “This music is weird.” And now, they might say, “Mom, I think this music is inappropriate.”
See how I’ve broadened their horizons?
Also, I told them that all the people and things that they think are “weird” now are the things and people that are going to be running the world in 30 years so get weird or get out of the way.