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(Slate)   "My pet peeve is when someone explains something they saw in a movie or on TV. I hate it. So when I saw my 10 year-old nephew, he went on about a show; he did not understand sarcasm. How can I get kids to stop talking about what I don't care for?"   ( divider line
    More: Facepalm, Want, Family, kid talk, own son, 10-year-old nephew, Much Plot Explication, 3-year-old son, kid talk phrases  
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2019-04-15 07:06:00 AM  
Oh, I'm sorry .What were you saying?
2019-04-15 07:25:49 AM  
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2019-04-15 07:26:11 AM  
The people that bleat that they shouldn't have to listen to people talk about things they aren't interested in are usually the same people that bleat on about things that NO ONE really cares about...
2019-04-15 07:33:02 AM  
You're a dick. Everyone you know thinks so.
2019-04-15 08:24:00 AM  
No dice, pal. Kids are gonna kid and that includes babbling.
2019-04-15 08:30:34 AM  
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2019-04-15 10:12:20 AM  
So Much Plot Explication, So Little Interest: You can try to explain the concept of spoilers, but that only works in some circumstances, and it's just about the only useful thing you can do.

Two's a Competitive Crowd: I kind of like the idea of splitting the duties a little differently: let your husband handle more of the older child so you can focus more on the younger one.

I Said Penis a LOT in This Email: "His condition is not dangerous, but it's private". The first part of this should ward off a lot of the follow-up questions, but for the rest you will have to lay down the law.

He Ain't Pelé: Your son doesn't want to play soccer. It's a way to get what he wants -namely, playing with his friends- but it's not what he wants.

This is important, because it affects how best to handle the situation. He needs some other way to play with his friends before you pull him off the team, or all you'll do is isolate him. Once he has that other social outlet, you may not even need to pull him off the team; he'll likely do it himself.
2019-04-15 10:19:36 AM  
What a festering gangrenous coont. Sure, kids usually aren't great conversationalists because they're kids. What the hell did she think her 10 yo nephew would want to talk about, American foreign policy in South Asia?
2019-04-15 10:47:39 AM  
What irks me are run-on sentences.
2019-04-15 11:11:44 AM  
You're trying to convey what you want, purposely indirectly, through a filter of sarcasm that is heavily dependent on prior structure, and you're annoyed they don't understand? 

The problem is YOU. ACROSS THE BOARD. You've essentially said, "I don't care to understand how people comprehend, and they suck for not figuring me out." 

Selfish, stupid, and trapped in your own head, much?
2019-04-15 11:38:13 AM  
2019-04-15 11:52:15 AM  
Smack him?
2019-04-15 12:32:23 PM  
Man, if that isn't the stereotypical Slate reader, I don't know what is.
2019-04-15 12:59:14 PM  
I don't like it either.  It's painful, kids are boring, kids find humor in stuff that isn't funny and then relate it to you in an even less funny way.  So here's what I suggest you do;

farking deal with it and stop being an asshole.

Not every conversation needs to provide you with intellectual stimulation and let's be honest lots of people find your conversations farking boring and deem you to be intellectually lacking while you relate the finer points of whatever it is you like to them. The number of conversations that I have with adults that leave me feeling like they are stupid and like dumb shiat and that bore me to tears outnumbers the number of similar conversations I have with kids by ten to one. I'm sure that I make others feel this way about me sometimes too.  That's life.

Letters to slate can almost always be translated to "I'm a socially inept idiot! Tell me how to make the world conform to my needs!"
2019-04-15 01:17:55 PM  
If you're not willing to say, in a loud, clear, voice, "Shut up. I don't want to hear about that," then suck it up and pretend to listen. There's probably no middle ground on this one.
2019-04-15 02:39:09 PM  
Engage him on the subject.  Ask questions.  Make him feel like he is conveying information to an adult.  Too often for kids it is all one way in the other direction.  I always talk to kids like they are adults.
Also, never talk to a child using baby talk or kidspeak.  They talk that way because they are still learning.  When you talk that way you just sound brain damaged.
2019-04-15 03:28:04 PM  
Easy. Stop interacting with people.

Because, you see, nobody has exactly the same interests as you, so you're going to constantly run into people who are talking about something that doesn't interest you. Conversely, you're going to run into people who aren't interested on what emerges from your pie hole.

So either learn how to be a human or go live in a farking cave.
2019-04-16 07:46:00 AM  
Because life should be all about you....
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