Life Lessons From Owensboro Third Grader: A Balanced Diet, Nose-Picking, and More Revealed!
My son, Rollins turned 9 years old this weekend. He is finishing up his 3rd grade year at school, and it has been a pretty big adjustment compared to previous years. To be honest though, Kindergarten, First and Second grades were all weird from COVID, but we have always tried to approach life with a "we'll figure it out" attitude. I am so proud of him for how well he has done in school this year even though it's been harder for him. Not only is he a huge smarty pants, he is kind and supportive to his friends. If I ever need a good pep talk, he is top of my list!
I asked him if he had any life lessons, opinions or advice he would give now that he is 9 years old and finishing up 3rd grade. His answers were a little all over the place, but as usual, he kept it real.
A Balanced Diet
Rollins has always been a good eater, but he sure does have a sweet tooth! That's why this first piece of advice is no surprise. Rollins says that when it comes to food, he's heard "it's all about balance" and we should all live by a 50/50 diet. Meaning, 50% vegetables and 50% junk food.
Rollins thinks that it should be socially acceptable to pick your nose in public. I've always swatted his hand away when he has subconsciously gone digging for gold while at a store or event. He told me "sometimes you get a pokey boogie up there and gotta get it out."
Don't Make Kids Go Places All the Time
OK, so this one got a little dramatic. His only complaint was actually just being forced to suffer through grocery trips. He says they take WAY TOO LONG. Which, depending on which one of us he goes with or what is on the list, he is not wrong. He thinks that kids should be left home to hang out and "do whatever."
This lesson is in two parts. One pointed at Michael and the other pointed at me.
1. Dad's should not use the same jokes over and over.
2. Mom's should not try to use too much slang because it can be 'cringey'
I am going to completely ignore this advice and amp up the "bruhs" and "bussin'" usage. Challenge accepted!
"Grown-ups should chill more." Instead of being up and cleaning and "doing stuff" all the time, we should just sit on the couch and snuggle and spend more time with our kids relaxing. I sure can't argue with this one! He even made me coupons for Mother's Day to use when I want to stop doing housework. I asked him if he was going to tag team into whatever chore I am doing when I decide to cash in the coupon. He said he would think about it.
Overall, he had some pretty good advice, but I don't plan to start picking my nose at the grocery. He'll also keep on being my sidekick when I go. It's so much more fun when he is around!