06 May 2008

The Impeccable Logic of the Pre-Schooler

I sent the child upstairs this morning to get dressed, with the instruction "Wear pants. You're going on a field trip."

She came back down in a skirt with tights (and an undershirt OVER a long-sleeved shirt, but that's another tale).

I said "I told you to wear pants". "But" said she, "tights are like pants with socks attached."

Inarguable.

The funny thing is, I remember having a similar argument with my brother, back when we were both in elementary school. We were waiting at the bus stop - me in tights, him in pants. And my argument was that tights were warmer than pants because they were continuous, that there was no gap where the cold air could sneak up to your shins. Of course I was wrong, but that's neither here nor there.

I'm glad to see that my child is honing her debating skills.

22 comments:

FreshHell said...

I had a similar tights vs pants argument with my kid, too. In fact, often she'll change out of pants and INTO tights when she gets home. The top portion of her body is often immaterial but that girl loves her damn tights!

Mama Zen said...

Uh-huh. Mine would have insisted on the tights, THEN pants, THEN a skirt.

womaninawindow said...

SHHH! Don't tell my daughter this logic. She's all I can handle now! I don't need her armed with logic, too!

flutter said...

oh that is classic

Aunt Becky said...

She's right, you know.

MamaGeek said...

In 1 word: brilliant.

In 2 words: future lawyer.

;-)

kathy a. said...

we had a few years of tights or leggings = OK with a skirt over them, but pants were Not ok. she's doing fine, and so are you. i swear, this won't last forever.

Nancy said...

Yes, I could totally see Mimi using this rationale.

By the way, I love your daughter's fashion sense -- that picture of her in the tights, skirt, and socks (all different patterns) was awesome.

susan said...

I'm rather glad my kid isn't yet able to read this over my shoulder, as she'd be taking notes!

niobe said...

She has a point, you know.

MotherPie said...

Yes, totally inarguable!!!! She's got a good head on her shoulders, mom.

Angeline said...

Hey Mommy, she has your genes, awww.....*laugh*

Mental P Mama said...

Priceless. get that child an agent. I hope you let her win that one;)

Victoria said...

Our Girls must never meet, k?

(LOL at MamaGeek's commet!)

I AM VERY MARY said...

Man, I can't get mine in tights for the world. I even bought some with skulls on them for pity's sake. Nope. Not. Tights.

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

Kids. The one time I tried to get my daughter to try and wear tights she acted as if I were strangling her with them.

Your future is not pretty--I have four teenage & up children with similar debating skills. I am soooooooo frustrated.

Rima said...

And she wears them well.

Jenni said...

I've always tried to reward my kids for arguing their points well. But sometimes, they are just so slick!

the mama bird diaries said...

funny.

my daughter insists that tight longish shirts are dresses and therefore no pants required.

Maya said...

i do understand you, i get zipped with my kids too.funny how they see things but we can't even argue on them.

susiej said...

Ha! Same thing here, except I would have had a costume to fight over..."But I am Batman."

Julia said...

Nice!