Oh No, I’m Not Telling A Toddler My Age!

So I might be over-thinking it a bit because I’ve got a lot of reasons to justify my position.  But the simple truth is, there is no way I am telling my 3-year-old son my age!

Read more of my personal story today at Mommyish:


Yesterday I had a rather traumatic experience.  My son asked me a question, I hesitated briefly, and then lied right to his sweet angel face.  The fib-worthy question he asked?

“How old are you, mommy?”

My first thought was “there is no way in hell I am going to tell you that.”  What use could a 3-year-old have for that information?  He’ll broadcast it in public, on the bus, in the grocery store, at school.   All of my mommy friends will confirm this and I remember doing it when I was young as well.

“My mommy is 23,” I would tell any stranger who would listen.  I’ve written about other words I don’t think my son can use with appropriate discretion at the age of three and now we can add another concept:  my age.

Back in the Mommyish offices I started to think about exactly why I didn’t want to share this information.  I am not ashamed of my age:  I have had amazing experiences, I am proud of my accomplishments, and I truly love the place I am in with my life right now.  Knowing that nothing in life is perfect, I would dare to say it’s pretty close.  So what is there to hide?

Read more: http://mommyish.com/childrearing/there-is-no-way-in-hell-im-sharing-my-age-with-my-toddler-899/#ixzz2AQcpZrrT

About Carinn Jade

Mother, lawyer, yogi, writer, non-sleeper. Published @NYTMotherlode. Contributor @Mommyish @Moonfrye @HuffPostLive. I like beer (not wine) & tea (not coffee) & being a contrarian.
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2 Responses to Oh No, I’m Not Telling A Toddler My Age!

  1. My son told his preschool I was thirteen and my job at work was looking on the computer for toys to by him and his brothers. Love it!! No need to correct it.

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