Tuesday, January 8, 2013

The Danger of Teaching Them to Read and Write

My 5 year old is reading and writing.  Two things about that scare me.  First, she is spelling words the same way I do.  This is great for my ego since she is proving that words should be spell foneticaly.  This is bad for my ego since I am discovering that I spell like a 5 year old and it is cute for her but not so much for me.

Second, she is writing things that potentially make me look bad.

Yesterday's paper had a bunch of words but the first was "DAM" and the second was "CAT"

Now, as a person that has owned a cat, I could easily see that that phrase could be common enough for the kids to want to write it down.  But we don't own a cat and I try not to swear.  I now am wondering what my wife says when I'm not around.  I think her teachers assume we have a cat and that I need to watch my mouth.

My other fear is that my daughter starts to tell people about my races.  That she somehow mis-respresents things. 

So, just to make things clear.

1.  I don't swim a zig zag and bump into people.
2.  I don't try to take the wrong bike out of transition.
3.  I didn't leave my helmet on going into the run.
4.  I didn't walk the whole race.
5.  I didn't cry like a baby at the finish line.

Well, I hope that clears things up.  Let me know if you have any suggestions or ideas to protect my reputation.


  1. Great blog, I found it from a thread on BT.com! I also have a 4yr old and I swear he picks up things when I had no idea he was even listening!

  2. I don't think it is going to get any easier. We used to spell things just so we could talk about things "in secret" and that super power is going away.

    What are you training for in 2013?