“When I was pregnant with my last child, I laid on my bed for a few minutes. I woke up to the teacher calling me to come pick up my daughter.” —Elizabeth, Dallas
“When my daughter was 3, she was a flower girl for my cousin’s Hindu wedding. After watching a traditional dance from the groom’s sister, she kicked off her shoes, turned around and told me, ‘Mommy, I can do that!’ She ran up and did her own scarf dance, alone on the dance floor.” —Maria, Haslet
“My 3-year-old doesn’t hesitate to tell me every night ‘I love your big, soft, squishy belly. Sqoosh, sqoosh.’ Thanks, Bud.” —Jennifer, Burleson
“My 8-year-old daughter has never slept past 7:30 in the mornings. I gave her stern instructions to not wake me up on the weekends. Her reply was, ‘I wake you up early on the weekends to get revenge for you waking me up early during the school week.’” —Roshun, McKinney
“I was flipping through Netflix and the remote wasn’t working. I said, ‘What the heck?!’ My 5-year-old quickly blurted out, ‘Mommy! Those are bad words! You shouldn’t say that!’” —Papatia, Dallas
“My 6-year-old son was driving a car on a game on his iPad. We asked him why he was up on the sidewalk. He shrugged and said, ‘Poor driving skills.’” —Alexis, Bedford
Illustration courtesy of Mary Dunn.