Old and lazy
April 12, 2013

oldandlazyD: My teacher says that when you get older you get a bit lazier. I wish I was younger, so I could brush my teeth faster.

Me: You’re not that old! If you were much younger you wouldn’t have any teeth to brush!

D: Oh yes, because I’d be a baby and babies don’t have teeth… So, because YOU’RE old, you’re really lazy!

Into a shark’s mouth
April 7, 2013

sharksmouthMe: You have 10 minutes left to get washed and brush your teeth!

D: I can’t do it.

Me: There’s no such thing as can’t.

D: There is – when you can’t do something!

Me: If you try hard enough you can do anything!

D: What about jumping into a shark‘s mouth?

Me: Well… I guess, if you train really hard and you get the right sort of shark – a pretend shark or a model shark…

D: What would be the point in that?

Me: Umm… art?

D: Maybe if it was a friendly shark it would let you back out again.

Me: Maybe – if it didn’t have teeth.

D: Yes – but all sharks have teeth!

Muscley hair
October 27, 2012

Me: You haven’t eaten very much and you haven’t drank your milk – where are you going to get your strength?

D: What’s ‘strength’?

Me: [Does an impression of a strong man.] Strong – you know what strong is.

D: OK, I’ll have some milk – warm though.

Me: Good.

D: Mum, does hair have muscles?

Me: No, but you can still have strong hair. Strong means it won’t break easily.

Sweet tooth
August 6, 2012

D: How does your body know when you’ve had too many sweets?
Me: Your body makes energy out of sugar, so if you eat lots of sweets but aren’t running around, then your body doesn’t know what to do with all the energy – that’s when your body would get fat, spotty and your teeth would fall out.
D: But I WANT my teeth to fall out so the tooth fairy comes.
Me: The tooth fairy won’t come for teeth that fall out because of too many sweets.
D: But WHEN will my teeth fall out? They’re just not doing it. Edward’s tooth fell out naturally at Vikki’s and we had to look all around for a white thing that looked like paper, or plastic, or just like a tooth. And he got a coin. And my teeth NEVER fall out, so I’ll never get a coin!

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