Flower power!
May 6, 2013

flowerpowerSon: We had our pictures taken today and we had a competition! But I didn’t win.

Mum: Oh? What was the competition?

Son: Whoever finds the best flower gets to show it in assembly. I didn’t get the best flower though.

Mum: What flower did you get?

Son: A bluebell.

Mum: I like a bluebell. What were the winning flowers?

Son: A dandelion, which was still yellow, a daisy and a holly leaf which had a berry on it because it was from a cold place. Mine was number 4, so I don’t get to show it. The teacher took my picture with me pretending to ring it like a bell, but it’s only the winners get their pictures printed – only 1, 2 and 3, so my picture didn’t get printed.

Mum: Well I would have chosen a bluebell! I think bluebells are lovely.

Son: Yes, and they REALLY DO ring like a bell – I looked inside and it had a hard ball, like a raisin inside.

Mum: A stamen?

Son: Yes – a stamen – and when I shook it, I listened REALLY hard and I heard a little tinkle!

Creating jobs
March 21, 2013

creatingjobsD: What does ‘redundant‘ mean?

Me: It means that someone’s job got taken away – that the place they work for says they don’t need that person any more. It’s not very nice.

D: Why isn’t it nice?

Me: Well, it’s not very nice to find out that someone thinks you’re not useful is it? One of my friends was made redundant twice in a very short space of time. She was made redundant once, then went to work for another company, then they took all her ideas and made her redundant again! It was a bit naughty of them really.

D: What did she do?

Me: She started up her own business.

D: That’s good – then, when the other people who made her redundant come and ask her for a job, she can say “No!”

Working differently
March 15, 2013

workingdiffD: When I grow up I want to be a postman.

Me: Do you? Why is that?

D: So I don’t have to go to work like you and my dad, and I’ll get to deliver all the letters.

Me: But being a postman IS going to work.

D: But I want to work differently.

Me: OK. How do you think postmen work differently?

D: Umm… They go to work and earn some money so they can go out an deliver all the letters afterwards?

Me: Delivering the letters IS what earns them money. Why don’t you want to go to work like me or your dad?

D: Because I don’t want to go there every day and sit in front of a computer every day and go “Uh, I’m so bored!” [rolls eyes]

Me: Is that what you think we both do? Don’t you think we do anything exciting?

D: Well, what else would there be that’s exciting that I could do?

Me: What would you WANT to do?

D: …They wouldn’t have this – I’d like to play Angry Birds!

Me: There ARE people who play Angry Birds and other games – not where I work – but at other places, where they build the games and have to test that they work.

D: THAT’S what I’d like to do! Play Angry Birds and test it!

Me: That would be a lot of time in front of a computer. When would you fit in your science experiments? Would you do Angry Birds some days and science experiments on other days?

D: Ah yes – I could be a scientist and play Angry Birds AFTER, when I get home from work! …I probably won’t be interested in Angry Birds when I’m VERY old ¬†will I? – When I’ve got a REALLY long, white beard…

Me: No, you’ll probably be interested in different things by then.

[Post-publish note: Angry Birds is now banned due to repetitive angry and obsessive behaviour whilst, and immediately after, playing!]

Being good #2
February 28, 2013

beinggood2D: What does it say on that big piece of paper?

Me: ‘Your Ground Rules’

D: What does that mean?

Me: It’s the rules that the school children wanted to make when I was doing the speaking work with them.

D: What were their rules?

Me: One was that they wanted the group to all turn their phones off. Another was that they wanted the group to tell the truth about what they thought of each other’s speeches, but to be nice about it. Another was to be quiet and listen…

D: We have those rules at my school!

Me: What are your rules?

D: Be Safe; Be Kind; Be Helpful; Tell the truth; Listen – No, they don’t start with ‘be’ – every rule has to start with a ‘be’. But there IS a listen one, that starts with ‘be’.

Me: Be a good listener and be truthful?

D: Yes!

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