Your challenge: Tell us about the stupidest thing you’ve ever said to your child
Why Did We Change Our Name?
By Heather L Campbell
September 18, 2013
Picture it: 1999
Place: Our Apartment
We had rented a three bedroom apartment. It gave me and my husband the same drive in different directions. He needed to drive to work and I often needed to drive up to my parents to help them. This apartment complex was midway and had a lot of amenities I liked, Two pools, a tennis court and a playground. It was conveniently located near shopping centers.
I was able to take Jordan to the playground and to go swimming. I didn't need to drive to do these things.
Many times I would sit in her room and read her books to her. She had a big walk in closet for clothes and toys but her books were in her room.
One day I read her a book about Christmas. There was a character named Kris Kringle.
When the book was finished, Jordan who was 5 at the time turned to me and asked who Santa was. I said it is the spirit of giving... but she wasn't letting me off so easily. I tried to skirt around it as I did not want to lie to my children. Finally I said, "well your Daddy is Santa. Jordan this is a secret."
My husband John does have a beard and wears glasses and I always thought he looked like Santa... and in our family, he is Santa. I might do the buying and wrapping...
Stupidest thing I ever said.
Sweetly she then turned to me and asked... "Why did we change our name from Kringle to Campbell?"
I didn't expect that from this smart cookie... and I simply said, "I don't know.."
Well I thought this was over.
No it wasn't.
She told me years later the ending to this story.
When they discussed the upcoming Christmas in kindergarten she piped up and let everyone in on who Santa is...
Yes she did. "My Daddy is Santa"
I can't tell you about the near riot that occurred as I wasn't not there. I can only imagine the pandemonium in the classroom for the girl who knew who Santa was.
She said her teacher took her in the hallway and explained something to her about it and not to talk about it.
I am glad her teacher did help her that day.
I wish I hadn't said it. It was the stupidest thing I have ever said.
We sometimes think children do not pay attention to what we say. They do, more than we ever realize. Some times they will even repeat "word for word what we should not have said".