The absolute stupidest argument I’ve gotten into with an 8yo

My 8yo wants to listen to a little device the library at her school gave her – think books on tape in a little device the kids check out and take home in a kid-proof carrying case.

To access this, she needs the device which came in the case, and she needs headphones which we own that are also in their own case (they have instructions, a mic you can attach, all sorts of stuff,) and a wire that connects the headphones we have. I told her to keep all of this stuff together. 8 things at play here.

What happened last night – she can find the case but the device was in another room, after finding that she wanted to take the headset and the wire out of the headset case and leave it in the living room (we were at 3+ rooms occupied by this one project,) and straight up refused to listen to “keep all this crap together so we don’t have to keep looking every time you use it for the EXACT SAME THING EVERY NIGHT”)

Literally the argument she was putting forward was she wanted to leave something in every place possible because putting it all together wasn’t something she needed to do because that whole 5 minutes of searching was not an issue.

Like kid, no… if you paid for those shoes you left in two rooms they’d be in the trash at this point. You cannot occupy three rooms with one project. Literally months of my life at this point spent searching for lost crap because they use the filing system of throw it down and forget it forever.

Paul King

Paul King lives in Nashville Tennessee with his wife, two daughters and cats. He writes for Pocketables, theITBaby, and is an IT consultant along with doing tech support for a film production company.