Responding to stupid questions with humor and grace
I often say of interacting with stepkids when you neither have nor want children, that it's like learning a foreign language. Kids are utterly perplexing to me. Their brains are working, but not in the way ours are, and not all that well.
So how do you respond to stupid questions like...
"where do I put the milk?"
"what should I do with this dirty rag?"
"is the washing machine cycle over?"
"is the dishwasher dirty or clean?"
"where is the dog?"
all this from humans over the age of 13.
when I get 30 plus questions like this a day I tend to start to short out and get really snappy and mean because WHY THE LIVING F*** DO YOU NEED ME TO ANSWER THIS FOR YOU??
But that's mean. And I don't want to be mean. What scripts do you use for this when you're about to spend the rest of the day at the local bar just to avoid the stepkids?
FWIW, I'm considering using the blanket statement "why don't you decide for yourself" since that seems to be one of the major life skills this generation is lacking.