What is it with grown-ups and secret codes? We have kids and before we know it we are speaking in code and spelling words out. In no time at all it becomes a habit and then a compulsion. And one day we catch ourselves doing it even on our date night! This whole spelling-thing goes on for years beyond what’s needed. Even with everyday not-grown-up-only words like m-i-l-k and c-h-o-c-o-l-a-t-e and m-o-v-i-e until one day we come to the realisation that it has stopped working. In fact it stopped working eons ago. And then we are forced to wonder why we didn’t notice. Not even when he said,” Do you want c-h-o-c-o-l-a-t-e?” and a very happy chirpy voice chimed from the back seat,”Yes!”. How did we miss that? And what’s more? We actually thought we could get away with speaking in a different language! Hadn’t we read in all of the 2963 books that kids pick up languages in no time at all?
The sooner parents learn one lesson, the easier life will get for them. Code languages and signs simply do not work. A new language, hand gestures, foot gestures, eye movements, hanging upside down, jumping off of the rooftop…none of that will help you keep a secret from a child. Kids are intelligent. They have a b-r-a-i-n and in top working condition. In many cases, way better than ours. Sooner or later they catch up. So, now, we are trying to learn to respect minime’s intelligence and more importantly trying not to make fools of ourselves.