President Obama is facing a bit of (slow news day) outrage after he flubbed the age of his daughter Malia — twice in one single press conference. In a press conference on Wednesday, Obama was chastising Republicans for dragging out a deal that would raise the debt limit, accusing them of procrastinating more than young kids.
MSNBC quotes the president:
“You know, Malia and Sasha generally finish their homework a day ahead of time,” Obama said. “Malia’s 13, Sasha’s 10.”
Problem is, his oldest is technically 12. But only for a few more days. Malia Obama turns 13 on July 4. He rounded up. Don’t we all do that?
But let’s say he had made a mistake. Is it so wrong to have your child’s age slip your mind, especially in times of stress? A good friend recently said that her son was turning 10, something I figured was not the case since I knew the boy to be at least a year younger than my 10-year-old daughter (in fact, he was turning 8). But summer break had just started and as any working parent knows, the transition between end of school and too many weeks of vacation is overwhelming at first. She was allowed to add a couple of years — she gets extra points for pulling off a party (plus cake with a frosted “8”).
With my first child, I could tell you down to the minute how old she was for years and years. Then her little sister came along. With the second child, I lost track of age after the first few weeks. With my third, I speak in broad strokes when it comes to age, often saying “he’ll be 3 in December” or some such thing.
What about you? Ever flub your kid’s age? Do you have to stop and think about birth dates on the endless forms we’re always filling out about our children?
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