Not Weird at All

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.

One Response to “Not Weird at All”

  1. Jen Says:

    This post made me laugh because I do the same things with my kids who are 6 and 9.
    The most recent one was the word “hate” I told them that was not a very nice word and that they should try using “I don’t like you very much” instead.

    It was pretty funny when they were arguing the other day and in my son’s rant at his sister he said the phrase reallt fast so it fit into the rant.
    I couldn’t help but turn my back and giggle:)

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