so today he's chattering on and i'm working on a paper and then i heard him say 'you know, mommmy?' so i answered 'uh-huh.' because i wasnt really sure what he said...so he was like 'did you hear me?' so i said "not really. can you say it again?" and he asked "why arent you listening?" so i explained...for the millionth time this morning "I am doing homework. i can talk to you after the movie is over." so then he said "then why did you say 'uh-huh?'" So I'm like "I dont know. It was just automatic. Quite finding reasons to chatter. We'll talk after the movie." And he shrugged and said okay and sat down.
so i'm laughing about this on the phone with my grandmother who of course, since i mentioned homework (she's disappointed i'm so dedicated to school and won't become a secretary or school librarian or something) finds something wrong with the conversation. "You're so busy with homework he's becoming disrespectful."
What was disrespectful about him asking me why I answered him if I hadn't really heard him? Would you count it as disrespectful? I take the reason a kid is asking something into account. I expect my kid to do what I tell him and whatnot, but if he has a question and is genuinely asking, he can ask. It all depend on tone and reason over here. What about you?