About a month ago I started telling Lance about the “eyes in the back of my head” and told him that all moms them. I told him we have them so we always know what our kids are up to, especially when they are misbehaving.
He’s been chewing on this ever since, and has even occasionally referenced them. For example, the other day he got in trouble for pushing Vivian down and asked me if I saw him do it with my real eyes or the ones in the back of my head.
I was beginning to think he bought the idea because he seemed extra careful to adhere to the rules, even when I may have seemed distracted. But today at the park, after requesting I watch him jump off a little step over and over, he ultimately got in trouble for advancing to a walkway far too high to jump from. That is, high enough that I saw enough potential danger should a slip occur.
He listened and came down, but his interest in seeing how high up he could jump from lingered. Boldly, he went back up and yelled, “Hey Mommy! Watch!” As I turned and gave him a stern look, he looked back exasperatedly and said, “No Mommy, not with those eyes. With the ones in the back of your head.”
I daresay he outsmarted me.
Fun fact: Did you know that in addition to having eight legs, spiders have eight eyes? Now that’s a lot of parental supervision!