Filtering

posted by Momo Fali on May 18, 2012

A few days ago, we pulled the kids out of school, piled into a car with some friends and drove to an amusement park where we spent the day going in loops and curves, laughing, and preparing ourselves for the oh-so-wonderful-post-amusement-park-shampoo-and-shower.

We had so much fun, minus the few minutes I spent on the swings with my son, where I had my eyes tightly shut and spent the entire time trying to distract myself by counting. Not to any particular number, mind you, but just counting because OHMYGOODNESS the spinning.

Of course, roller coasters and swings aren’t the only attractions. If you are an amusement park aficionado, you know that the rides are great, but equally enjoyable is the people-watching. For instance, the woman who won our prize for “Best Outfit” was wearing very tiny, cut-off shorts and a hoodie that stopped just under her breasts; her belly free to hang out from in between.

Because my ten year old son often says whatever is on his mind, we have been attempting to show him how to filter his words. I have gone so far as to draw a brain and write words that are allowed to be in there, but that shouldn’t come out of his mouth.

And, apparently, the adults in our group weren’t the only ones who were people-watching at the amusement park, because when we pulled into our driveway at the end of the day, my son said, “Mom, I did a REALLY good job of keeping my thoughts inside my head today!”

    Comments

  • Anna Hettick


    LOL!!! That is so funny! Your son sounds like a character!! =)

  • Lisa Daly


    I love him! He probably did better than I would have!

  • Headless Mom


    You gotta admit, I bet what he had in his head was great, right?!

  • Junk Drawer Kathy


    God bless that boy. And I could take a lesson. In fact, I’m going to try to keep my trap shut all day today in your son’s honor. I’ll just think it, not say it.

  • Amie


    I, for one, am hoping that filtering is a skill he never fully masters. Your blog will be way less entertaining if he does.

  • tracey


    That is a fabulous skill to perfect, kiddo. Most adults have an issue with filters. Including the “what should I wear today” filter.

  • Tara R.


    Your little man did a great job, but still I’d love to hear what he filtered out.

  • Colleen - Mommy Always Wins


    HA HA HA! Love that!!!

  • Liz


    Well done, young man. Keeping thoughts inside one’s head can be a really difficult thing to do. Tell him, next time, he could always whisper it in Mom’s ear and THEN you could…you know…tell us 😉

  • Little Toni


    Big 🙂

  • Missy


    It is incredible that he was able to master what a lot of us still struggle with. Loved that idea about drawing a brain with words that can go in there. Thanks for sharing that!

  • mrs4444


    haha I’m with Tara! 🙂

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