Confidence of a 5yo

I don't know how to play Minecraft. Vian (5yo) decided he's going to educate me. We're now playing real-world Minecraft in the front yard without a computer. He's narrating various aspects of the game as he's walking around the front yard. A leather armor, iron ingot, wooden pickax, bedrock and so on. 

Then he delivers this pearl of wisdom. 

Vian: Here's a good tip. When you're in the game don't mess with me. I'm invincible and I can fly. 

Then proceeds to extol the virtues of bedrock and diamond pickax. 

Bejeezus

The kids like to scare me by trying to jump out from under the covers and yell "BOO!". I like to pretend that I'm scared of their tactics. The other day I decided to return the favor by suddenly entering their room and yelling "BOO!". I managed to scare Vian and he started giggling in fear and shrunk back under his comforter. 

Me: Hey Vian, looks like I scared the bejeezus out of you. 

Vian: No! No! I'm not scared. I don't even have any bejeezus, so you didn't really scare any bejeezus. 

Picture Day

Vian is back from school, wearing a button up shirt and slacks.

Me: Vian, you look dapper today. 

Vian: Yeah. Today was picture day.

Me: Oh yeah. Did you guys go out and take a picture?

Vian: No. It was just someone else taking the picture. I didn't take the picture.


Talking to my kids is the best way for me to realize how imprecise my communication is. 

Conversation with an 8yo

Me: Whoa! It's very late, we should have started getting ready for bed 20 mins ago. 

Sempi: 20 minutes isn't that much. If you think about it, it is only 4 time 5 minutes. 

Sempi: And if you think about it, 5 minutes is just 5 times 1 minute. 

Sempi: And if you really think about it, 1 minute isn't that long.

That's the spirit. I should remind him of this conversation when he starts doing planks. 

Conversations with an 8yo

Sempi gets very creative when he's building Lego structures. So I asked him about it.

Me: How did you get so good at building these lego creations, Sempi?

Sempi: I don't know, I just like building things.

Me: Would you say that I should just keep building things and I'll get better over time?

Sempi: It is easy to create something for yourself. You know what you want and you can make a place for a boat or an airplane in your creations. It comes easily when you know what you want.

This sounded vaguely familiar and then I realized this is a paraphrasing of one of Paul Graham's advice about startups.

Build something you yourself want.