“Tyler, do you have any homework?”
“Huh? I can’t hear you.”
New tactic. I whispered, “How about some cookies?”
“I WANT SOME COOKIES!” Uh-huh!
She usually turns a blank face to me, “I don’t know.”
“Well, where was it?”
“I don’t know.”
“But you were sitting right next to it! You should have heard something!”
She shrugs her shoulders and turns her attention back to the television.
Then here was that time my son was playing his gameboy and his father got a fire call while watching television next to him. He was gone a full ten minutes before my son looked up, “Hey, where’s dad?”
However I can be in another room and paper rustling will bring them running, “Can I have some too?”
I think the wisest thing a parent can do is go by the thought, “If you can’t beat em’, join em”.
“Mom, can I have twenty bucks?”
“What? I ‘m afraid I didn’t catch that!”
“Hey, how about if I use the car tonight?”
“Did you say something?”
Yep, there certainly is something to this selective hearing thing. Try it on an adolescent near you!