The brutal honesty of children

Kids can be way too honest sometimes. Often they can be brutally honest – at the expense of their parents.

In my case, it happened recently in one of the funnier quotes our 5-year-old daughter has said in several weeks. She just got back from getting a Kleenex to wipe off her nose a little.

Then she came over in the room I was in and delivered this morsel for me.

“Daddy, you’ll need a Kleenex twice if you’re sick because you have a big nose.”

I couldn’t take too much offense to it, because I was too busy laughing.

The strange thing is I don’t think she meant it to be an insult. I think she was matter-of-factly pointing out that I was a grown up and my nose was much bigger than hers.

The fact that I would need two Kleenex to wipe up this big honker I have had me laughing.

I will admit my nose is larger than average – so she was speaking the truth.

She has been good about not pointing out people who may look different in public – which was a fear of mine. No, she reserves the brutal honesty for her father at home.

Lucky me.

She doesn’t mince words with me in other ways too – especially when she is critiquing my cooking.

I’ve been told my scrambled eggs are “nasty” a few times before. She also lets me know other dishes are tastier when mama makes them. In fact, I don’t think I’ve made one dish where she’s said, “Mmmm, that is even better than what mama makes.”

You would think with the overly giant nose I have I would make a good cook since I can smell the dish and make sure it is prime to eat. Not so, in this case apparently.

Even Monday morning after I brushed her hair she took the comb from me and said that she needed to brush it since I don’t always do a good job.

Dads just can’t win sometimes.

Well, we all have critics in our lives. My biggest one just happens to be 5 years old and lives in my house.

I guess I’ll keep trying when it comes to cooking and grooming. As far as the size of my nose, I’ll just have to live with it.

Reporter Andrew Potter is a Tuesday columnist for the Times-Republican. The views expressed in this column are personal views of the writer and don’t necessarily reflect the views of the T-R. Contact Andrew Potter at 641-753-6611 or