That Child is a Wealth of Knowledge

Over the past few months, my 7-year-old’s fascination with non-fiction books has grown tremendously. Her weekly library haul has shifted to one fiction book (maybe) and a huge pile of non-fiction books.


Last week she had books on eels, swordfish, scorpionfish, and geckos. This week, we are learning about starfish, penguins, barracudas and…



I say “we” because she gets SO excited about the information the pages of her books contain, she can’t help but share. Animatedly. Enthusiastically. Endlessly.

“I LOVE fish.”

(I do too…on my plate.)

Earlier this week, she regalled the babysitter with eel “trivia” as we walked out the door. We heard “Did you know that if there are too many girl eels and not enough boy eels, the girls turn into boys? Isn’t that WEIRD?” Our very patient (and at that moment, amused) sitter replied “I didn’t know that” – which in Miss M’s language means “tell me more”.

(I suspect that, in the hour that followed, our poor sitter learned more about eels than he ever thought possible. I don’t think we paid him enough.)

Regardless, I believe have found a way to make the most of the “redirect” when it comes to any tantrums and I’ve exhausted all other methods of quelling her tears: all I need is a few handy “facts”, and I’m thinking she won’t be able to resist…

Her: “waaaahhh, he called me a stinky head/I don’t want to make my bed/I want my GREEN shirt and where are my pink leggings?”

Me: “Did you know that it’s impossible to sneeze with your eyes open?” (and you know you’re going to try the very next time you need to sneeze).

or  ” If you yelled for 8 years, 7 months and 6 days, you would have produced enough sound energy to heat one cup of coffee” (not that I want a cup THAT badly).

While it may not stop the waterworks 100% of the time, it sure does get her attention so that I can distract her long enough to calm her down.

And now I, too,  am a wealth of useless information.

Did you know that a snail can sleep for 3 years? Well, now you do.

You can thank me by sending me fiction books appropriate for a 7 year old….


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