Ever since my son, Sean, was old enough to talk, I’ve written down many of the funny and insightful things he tells me. I call them Seanisms.  I decided to put them all in one convenient location.  Some of his wise words have actually become the subject of posts that I’ve written over the years. Enjoy!

3 years-old


“How old are you, Mommy?”
“I’m 35, Honey”
“How old will you be after 35?”
“Mommy, when you get to the end of the numbers…you die.”


“Mommy, are you thinkin’ what I’m thinkin?”
“Um, I don’t know…what are you thinking?”
“I don’t know…I’m just sayin’…are you thinkin’ what I’m thinkin’?”


My son was lying on his bedroom floor moving his arms and legs like a snow angel in the middle of all his toys.
“Look Mom, I’m cleaning my room!”
“Honey, that’s not how you clean your room.”
“That’s how a three-year-old cleans his room.”

4 Years-Old


In the store today we were going down the cereal aisle when my son suddenly points to the Cinnamon Toast Crunch.
“Mom, we have to get that cereal…you can see the taste!”


My son had a little bit of indigestion today, but didn’t know how to explain it to me. He did the best he could with this description…
“I just threw up inside me.”

5 Years-Old


Today my son was eating his yogurt at the kitchen table and suddenly stopped, looked at me and said:
“Mom, can you feed me…my arms are tired.”


Last night, I was tucking my son into bed. Our normal routine is to pray for all the things in our life that make us thankful. We thank God for our friends, for Daddy, for Grandma, Pop and Grandpa. We thank Him for our house and our bed. Sometimes when we are praying, I will even thank Him for our pillows and our blankets. Last night, I thanked Him for the ice cream we ate before going to bed. My son looked at me with eyes wide and said, “Mom that’s the BEST thing you have EVER thanked God for!”


Our old dog was lying on the living room floor today and passed some interesting and powerful smelling gas. My son was resting on the couch with a bad cold and an extremely stuffy nose…
“Peeuw” he exclaimed, covering his nose.
“You can smell that with your stuffy nose?”
“Yeah, there are cracks through the boogers.”


“Mommy, is it cold in Heaven?”
No, honey…it’s perfect in Heaven. It’s not too hot and it’s not too cold.”
“Mommy, I can’t wait to see what perfect feels like.”


So I shuffled my sleepy self out to the kitchen early this morning to get some coffee going in the coffee pot. Just as I was finishing, my son comes around the corner and sees the stack of coffee filters sitting on the counter…
“What are those?” He asks pointing to the coffee filters.
“Coffee filters.”
“Oh, I thought you were going to make giant cupcakes.”


While putting my son to bed tonight we heard a dog barking outside…
“What’s that?”
“It’s just a neighbor’s dog barking.” I tell him.
“Oh, I guess someone is just getting home from the grocery store.”
(Of course…our dogs bark when we get home from the grocery store, so that’s why the neighbor dogs bark too!)


I left the house this morning at 6:00am to help my friend with a garage sale. My son woke up a little bit later in the morning and couldn’t find me. He placed a note on daddy, who was still sleeping, which read…
DAD MOM is Misinn


My husband left on a business trip today and took the car I usually drive because it tends to be more reliable. My son and I came out later in the morning to take a trip into town…
“Mom, where is our car?”
“Daddy took it.”
“Why did Daddy steal our car?”


Walked into the office while Sean was playing a game on my husband’s computer. He was frantically waving his hands in front of the monitor.
“Sean, what are you doing?”
“I’m trying to get it to load.”


First day of kindergarten today and my husband and I both wanted to drop our little man off at the school and say our good-byes to him. While getting into the car, I told him that Daddy was going to follow us in his car because both of us wanted to be there for his first day…
“That’s because you both like me.”


Was putting my son to bed tonight and I told him just how much I miss him now that he is in kindergarten and we don’t get to spend the days together anymore…
“That’s okay, Mommy…you still get to see me on the weekend!”


Roger was driving Sean home from school. Sean was in the backseat.
“Dad, we need to check the mailbox when we get home. Cause if my movie (from Netflix) is there then, BAM!! We’re watchin’ a movie, poppin’ popcorn, and drinkin’ lemonade!”


“Mommy, what are you doing?”
“Reading the paper.”
“Reading the paper is for really, really, really, old people.”

6 Years-Old


If there are skunks in heaven, then only sunshine comes out of their tails.


Sean’s prayer when he went to bed tonight:
“Dear God, help Mom to have a great rest of her life. Help my friends to have a great week and help anyone who is going to get sick, not to. In Jesus name, Amen”


Told Sean tonight I was really looking forward to hanging out with him tomorrow for the first day of Easter Break. I asked him what he thought we should do all day. His response “Play, play, play, eat. Play, play play, eat. Play, play, play, eat.”


Passed Sean’s school on the way home tonight. He said, “Hey look, there’s my school.” Pause. “I wonder what Miss Meads (his teacher) is doing right now?” Pause “You know Mom, I was thinking, maybe for my next birthday I can invite Miss Meads”


Sean at 5:30am: “I am so tired of sleeping and I get SO frustrated that I have to do it EVERY night.
Roger: What would you be doing if you weren’t sleeping?
Sean: I’d be up!


I was not home to tuck Sean into bed tonight. My husband said he heard Sean crying shortly after going to bed. Roger went in to check on him and asked him what was wrong. He told his Dad that he missed his Mom.


This morning when Sean got up he ran into the kitchen and hugged me and said.
“Mom, I missed you so much last night that I cried for like 12 minutes!”

Today was Father’s Day and tonight as I was tucking my son into bed I asked him what he was thankful for today. His response, “what I am most thankful for is that it was Father’s Day…and that there is such a thing.”

Son: What did you study in college?
Me: English
Son: Why?
Son: You already know English.
Son: Why didn’t you study Chinese?
Son: Did it prepare you to be a mom?

Sean informed me on the way home from school this afternoon that not only can he make fart noises by putting his hand in his armpit…BUT he can also do this by putting his hand behind his knee and squeezing his leg.

School was canceled today. Sean’s response to the news…”Yes, I love it! Just when you start getting angry about having to go…they cancel it!”

My Future Struggling Motivational Speaker
Me: Good morning, Sean… Happy Friday!
Sean: Why is Friday everybody’s favorite day of the week?
Me: Because it’s the last day of the school and work week.
Sean: What’s so good about that…you still have to go.

7 Years-Old

Proof that mom might be addicted to coffee…
This afternoon as we left the house to head to a friend’s house I happened to say that I hoped our friends wouldn’t mind making some coffee tonight. Sean’s response, “Mom, of course they won’t mind making you coffee. You and coffee have a special relationship. Kind of like Shaggy and junk food.”

There is something so darn cute about watching my 7 yr old boy at 5:30am singing “Oh, oh, oh, oh, staying alive, staying alive” while wiggling his hips and doing the John Travolta point.

“I wouldn’t want to be under the mistletoe unless it was with you, grandma, great-grandma…and if your mom was still alive, she would probably be okay too.”

“If you were a booger, I’d pick you first.”

Sean is slightly annoyed that brain is not spelled brane.

Sean: Mom I know what Bisbee (our dog) dreams about.
Me: What?
Sean: She dreams about running through fields filled with dead squirrels and rabbits.

Sean: Mom I think God is probably right-handed.
Me: Why?
Sean: Because there’s a verse in the Bible that says “I will hold you up with my victorious right-hand.”

Sean: Mom can I have something more to eat? I just feel like I have to chew something.

I don’t know why anyone would want to go see Diarrhea Of A Wimpy Kid!

Told my son his pancakes were ready. His response…The party is on the table!

My son sat in the living room the other morning watching a Bugs Bunny cartoon.
“Hey, Sean, do you know I used to watch that show when I was a kid?”
“I know, Mom, but this is the new and improved one.”

While driving through downtown Atlanta last week, my husband, a born and raised Georgia boy, pointed out the dome on the Georgia Capitol Building to our son…
“Look, Sean, the top of the Capitol building is made with real gold.”
“Wow, Dad, I guess you’re right. Georgia really is God’s country, cause the streets in heaven are paved in gold too!”

As we stood in the picture frame aisle my son looked at one picture and comments, “Well, I know why no one’s bought that picture.”
“Because nobody knows who that girl is!”
“Sean, people buy the picture and replace it with people they do know.”

Son: Mom, what has been the saddest moment in your life?
Me: The day my mom died, Honey.
Son: What was the happiest moment of your life?
Me: The day you were born.”

Mom, why can’t we be born knowing how to ride a bike?

8 Years-Old

Mom, I just made something. I have no idea what it is…but I think it looks really cool!”

My son had a neighborhood friend over today. They played for hours in my son’s bedroom. After his friend went home, I looked at the wall to wall mess on the floor. Lincoln Logs, Bionicles and Legos stretched all around the room.
“We really need to clean this up” I commented.
“No, Mom, we can’t. Stephen and I are going to continue the awesomeness tomorrow.”


Son: Mom, what is your favorite song?
Me: Oh boy, Honey, I will have to think about that. I have so many songs that I’m loving right now. What is your favorite song?
Son: Well, I don’t know the name. I’ve just heard it on the radio a lot.
Me: Well, how does it go?
Son: Part of it goes like this…”Tell me, once again, who I am to You. Who I am to You.”
Me: Oh, Honey, I love that song too!
Son: Yeah, I love the rhythm. And sometimes when I’m feeling nervous, I think about that song. It calms me down.


My son recently figured out that there is no Santa. After many probing questions, I told him the truth. I asked him if he was a little disappointed that Santa and his flying reindeer weren’t real.
“Yeah, a little.” he said.
“I know,” I agreed. “I think it would be cool if reindeer really could fly. Hey…maybe in Heaven the deer will be able to fly!”
“Yeah,” my son said. “And when I get there, I could take a ride on one!”


Son is now old enough to ride his bike to a friend’s house all by himself.   I jokingly told him on his way out the door today: “Oh, Seaners, you’re growing up so fast. You don’t need me anymore.”
His response, “I still need you, Mom. Even when I grow older I’ll need you. When I’m 45, I’ll call you on the phone and ask you what the plumber’s phone number is.”


You know you are the mom of an 8 year old boy when your son is busily drawing comic strips featuring “The Fart Police”.


In case you were wondering what I might look like as a Diary of a Wimpy Kid character…my son drew me…

9 Years Old


” Mom I had a weird dream last night. Let’s just say it involved my class, a substitute teacher, a skunk, and land mines.”


Just ambushed my son with a ton of kisses. His response: He covers his head with a blanket and says “Hold your fire, I come in peace.”


Son’s introduction to Pre-Algebra: Earlier this week when I picked my son up from school he shared some mind-blowing news with me.
Me:  So, how was school today?
Son: Mom, they’re mixing letters with numbers and numbers with letters! (Insert wild hand motions.) It’s crazy!


Son gets to hang out with his cousins today.  I asked him if he was ready to party like it’s 1999.  His response: “They had parties in 1999?”


Son had to write a Valentine’s love story or poem at school today.

What is Love?

Love is sticking by a friend’s side
Love is taking your brother for a bike ride
It’s thinking of others and not yourself
It’s giving your ball to somebody else
Love is letting your friend sit in your seat on the bus
But ultimately it’s Jesus dying for us


Son told me he’s planning on writing 7 books I told him I’d buy them all. He told me he’d sell them to me for at least 1/2 price. Cool. 🙂

Son & I have decided the DMV would be a happier place to hang out if it had a sushi bar, soda machine, coffee bar & bean bag chairs


Son discussing teacher he’s liking the most so far “She’s a new teacher & makes lots of mistakes but she’s really kind.


Me: Want sushi for dinner? Son: Woohoo! Me: We need to create a sushi dance Son: We’ll call it The Dying Fish {proceeds to flop like fish}

10 Years-Old


Today is Sean’s birthday.  I asked him how he liked his new Lord of the Rings game…
“It’s heaven for nerds!”


Me: Sean it’s time to get started on your homework.
Sean: Okay, but I think I might need an inspiration Oreo first
(So that’s where inspiration comes from…mystery solved!)

11 Years-Old


Me: (As we pull up to the middle school) Hey, you want me to yell  “HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SEANERS real loud as you get out of the car?
Sean: No! Don’t you dare.
Me: Why?
Sean: Because I have a social life.

22 thoughts on “Seanisms

  1. Thomas Mason

    It’s so wonderful that you’ve kept a record of the things your child has said over the years. What a great keepsake and something you can share with your son as he gets older!

    1. Eileen Post author

      Thanks, Thomas. My son was just asked me last night if I could remember anything silly he did when he was younger. I shared many of these with him. We both cracked up! I’m so glad to have a record.

  2. Kathleen

    Those are so awesome, I was just reminiscing with my 19 year old son about all the adorable malapropisms he used to say when he was little. He sure was cute. Once, when he was about three years old, an elderly lady looked at him and said “Oh, look at that face! I could just put that little face in a teacup!” I have no idea why his face would go in a teacup, but that just tells you how cute he was.

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  4. Tracy

    I loved reading them all! It put a smile on my face this morning 🙂 Justin and I had just mentioned the time he thought he could take a toy alligator to preschool for Foreign Country/ Culture week! When I asked him why he thought that would work, he replied, “because it is made in China!” From the mouth of Babes 🙂

  5. Carol Peterson

    Chuckle, smile.

    I have a list like these for my kids but I so love that you’ve shared yours with us. Kids are just the most wonderful gift to the world! After Jesus, of course…

    1. Eileen Post author

      Thanks. I had to start writing them down because I kept saying I would remember and then I would forget!

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  7. Donna

    I remember one of his very first ones. You were crossing a bridge and he said, water on this side, water on this side , water everywhere! And that is when i also remember you saying you were going to start writing them down and calling them seanisms!


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