Jeff and I have always spelled words to keep the kids out of the loop. But now that 4-year-old Jacob can read, how are we supposed to hide stuff -- he can break the code?!
"Hey Honey, we can take the kids to the p-a-r-k today."
"We're going to the PARK?!" my four-year-old belts out.
Spelling has been the one thing that has kept the kids from infiltrating our grownup conversations. In fact, I have another mom friend (you know who you are) who I practically spell everything with when having a play date with our kids.
"Did you see K-A-T-E at the party? Are she and D-A-V-I-D getting a d-i-v-o-r-c-e? He is an a-s-s."
Now that Jake is obsessed with reading, spelling and anything phonics, he'll just jump into the conversations with an energetic "A-S-S spells... Ass! What's an ass?"
Yeah, I get it. I need to stop.
I'm thrilled that he's bright and eager to learn. But now what I am supposed to do? Jeff and I tried pig latin over the weekend. You know... "Honey, we could ake-tay the ids-kay to the ark-pay," but, let's be honest, my husband spends much too long trying to decipher the code and I just get frustrated.
How do you keep secrets from your kids? (And before you comment that you don't ... yeah, you do. ;)