I don’t know what you’re talking about

Have you ever noticed that when you tell a kid to do something they don’t want to do, they act like they don’t understand?

  • ME: Time to do your homework.
  • KID: What?
  • ME: Time. to. DO. your. HOME. WORK.
  • KID: Home? Work?
  • ME: Did you brush your teeth?
  • KID: What?
  • ME: Your teeth. Did you BRUSH them?
  • KID: Teeth? Brush?
  • ME: It’s bedtime. Time to give me your phone for the night.
  • KID: What?
  • ME: Give me your phone. Where’s your phone?
  • KID: My? Phone?

It’s like suddenly words are meaningless to them.

They have absolutely no idea what I am saying.