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When Your Kids Are the Grown-ups

If you have children, chances are pretty good that you’ve said the following: “Who’s the grown-up here? Me or you?”
But how many times have you done a double take and really thought to yourself, he (or she) is really acting like a grown-up!
We have six children, and it’s so funny to see them interact with one another, especially when the older children start “acting” like the grown-up. Frank and I were both the oldest children in our families and understand how that comes into play naturally. While it is weird when they act like the grown-up with one another, it’s even stranger when they act like the grown-up with us! 
In our family, we love to watch movies where the child acts like a “grown-up.” Our top three favorites are:  
1. Big – We all remember the movie Big, right? Where Tom Hanks suddenly goes from a child to a grown man? We love watching this little boy figure out how to be a grown-up in a short amount of time.
2. Home Alone – Another favorite is Macauley Culkin in Home Alone. When this nine-year-old-boy is left behind at home accidentally, he cooks and cleans for himself, and even goes grocery shopping.
3. Matilda – Our final favorite is Mara Wilson in Matilda, where she is definitely the grown-up in an immature family.
Of course there are also movies where the grown-ups act like the kids. On July 12, Grown Ups 2 opened in theaters everywhere. I don’t know about you, but we’re excited to follow along with these “grown-ups” on their adventures and laughing out loud.
In what ways are your kids the grown-ups in the family?
Shannon is the author of The Mommy Files where she focuses on motherhood, family-fun activities, traveling, and recipes. To read more by Shannon, visit or follow her on Twitter @TheMommyFiles.
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