My little boy is a hoot. I mean he really keeps us in stitches. The latest hilarity happened on the way home from church.
“Mom, I have three friends now…no, FOUR!” proclaimed Bobby.
“Oh really? Who are they?”
“I don’t know.”
The six of us in the van stifled laughs. As I was laughing inwardly at my son the thought hit me. It’s kind of like my Facebook friend list. Ha!
“Wait! I know one. He’s my best friend,” shouted Bobby again.
“Who is it?” I called back.
“Chuck E. Cheese!” came his enthusiastic reply.
Guffaws all around. Chuck E. Cheese has really made an impression on this little guy.
As my husband was driving he looked at me, “I think we need to take him back to Chuck E. Cheese for his fifth birthday.”
I suppose he needs to see his best friend again!
Honestly this post is pretty sad considering you don’t let your kids go to school and they probably really don’t have many friends their own age.
Interesting perspective! My son is four. I’d say most kids aren’t in school at four, but he does go to a preschool program (Classical Conversations) one day a week. I found it pretty funny. He does have his friends that he loves to play with. The thing is he can’t remember their names. 🙂
So cute! I also “don’t let my kids go to school” and my 7 year olds who have wonderful friends and plenty of them often cannot remember the name of their latest best friend! One of my daughters has trouble remembering the name of a girl she sees at a troop meeting and they both (the friend and my daughter) have agreed to call her potato! So my daughters new best friend is potato.
I think names are less important to kids. My kids run up to others on the playground, make instant connections, but have no idea of their names. Honestly, the way kids love each other, without doing all the weird small talk that adults do, is one of the reasons that I love them.
A lot of homeschoolers, us included, are around a good number of homeschool kids and public school kids. We have co ops, field trips, park days, etc. that we are at at least 3 days a week. Not including sports, church, and other activities. We are barely home alone even 1 day a week. Also my kids have friends in a very wide age range too, which I believe is key in actual “socializing”. So, believe it or not, we aren’t a bunch of recluse home bodies trying to shield our children from the world or public schooled kids. Homeschooling is just what works best for our families ????
I don’t let my four year old go to school either! (That sentence is hilarious!) My four year old’s best friend is the last kid she played with – at the playground, at a friend’s house, one of her sisters… Sometimes it’s even Rapunzel, so perhaps Chuck E Cheese is a step up since he actually met him!!
Too funny!! Kids say the funniest things!
I’m sure your kids are absolutely alright! No worries about not having enough friends. People’s perspectives on us “unsocialized” homeschoolers makes me chuckle a bit. If they only knew!
My 7 year old son was just telling me about his new friend Rug.
“Rug?” I said.
Suddenly it hit me, “do you mean Matt?”
“Yeah, that’s it! Matt”
Yeah, most four-year-olds love Chuck E. Cheese more than real people. Who wouldn’t?? He’s awesome and his house is full of pizza, games, and prizes!!
Hugs, Mama! You’re doing the right thing!!
Homeschooling Mama FTW says
I don’t let my kid go to school OR Chuck E Cheese. I guess I win?
I’m with you. We homeschool, and I hate Chuck E. Cheese! ????
Karie P. says
My kids are in CC too. One of the ‘extra’ things I love about it is how many friends we all got after we started! My poor oldest only had one little girl-friend at church when she was 4 and a couple boy cousins. This is her 5th year in CC (and we’ve added two boys to the family since) and now we all have lots of friends, and baby-sitters, and girls-night pals, and couples-night confidants. I feel so blessed. Oh, and my 3 year old asked tonight if we could go to the Mouse place. He doesn’t even know Chuck E’s name! 🙂
When my daughter was 5, she was telling me she missed one of her friends as he lives in a different state. She completely forgot her friend’s name and instead said Gingerbread Man. We got a good chuckle from that one.
Ha! Boys!! I think it’s boys who need name tags in life! (I have 4 and they just don’t know names that well! )
As to the jab at homeschooling I will honestly say that my special needs son went to public school until this year. 7th grade. He had no one to invite to his party from school last year.
Since we started CC this year (homeschool) he has 11 people coming to celebrate his birthday. He feels like he’s swimming in friends! They are all homeschool kids!
Buttttt….. he might not get their names right! ????
We are in CC as well! It’s amazing how many close friends we all have now as a family. My 7 year old is having a birthday party tomorrow during lunch with about 70 ppl there! Mostly our CC group. The great thing about this is we are all connecting with each others kids. We are becoming a giant family that every kid knows they can lean on everyone and grow up with each other. My mother never knew my friend’s moms growing up in PS school. So I didn’t get to pursue closer friendships outside of school with many of them. The CC Community has been amazing for our family.
My oldest is almost 10 and still doesn’t readily remember names of new people he meets. We love CC! Not only do my three have friends close in age to them, but they have older students to look up to and admire many years. My 3 year old doesn’t know life any other way! He was born during our second year of CC, my first year of tutoring! He has a speech delay (which he is even now overcoming), and you can guarantee he doesn’t have names down yet!
Dee P. says
We are military, live on post, and I don’t let them (6 kids ranging from 2yrs-8 yrs) go to school. We are so blessed to live in an amazing cul-de-sac where at the last count there for 37 kids, ranging from six months to 16 years old. It’s a riot! All the mommas sit on the front porch and drink tea, while the pack rides bike and plays at the playground at the end of the cul- de-sac. My kids are always forgetting names – I typically have to play detective to figure out who they are referring to! LOL!!
My father couldn’t believe there we’re so many people at my son’s birthday party a few years back: “How does he know this many kids if he’s homeschooled?!” And my daughter for the life of her can’t remember new friends’ names-usually she forgets to ask. ????????I agree with the comments above- our CC community is our family. Your 4 year old sounds like one anyone would be friends with- soon he might have too many names to remember! ☺️