Parentation: noun. A misunderstanding between parent and child.
There is a commercial that plays on PBS that says, "Everyday moments can become teaching moments." I do believe that to be true. When Philosopher Child was tiny and would ask for milk, I would say, "Milk starts with the letter 'M.' M says 'mmm.' It starts words like 'mommy' and 'monster'..."
One day I realized Viking Toddler didn't know his animal sounds. I thought I could teach him this in the same way I taught Philosopher Child the letter "M."
"Can I have milk?" he said.
"Sure. Milk comes from..."
"And cows say..."
Pretty simple. He's down with the mooing. So I tried to dabble in letters.
"Can I have milk?"
"Sure. Milk starts with the letter..."
Ok. We'll work on that.