There are times that Mike and I don't keep an eye on every single thing she does. However, we are good enough parents to at least take the time to shout out, "Farrah!!! What are you doing??!!" Sometimes she responds with an accurate answer, explaining that she's watching a movie, playing with her ponies, or reading a book (yes, she reads now). But! If she says, "Um...I don't know!" we know we are in trouble. I've learned the hard way "I don't know" means she does know what she's doing and that it's not good whatever it is. One time, that was her answer and I accepted it for what it was. Just an answer. She stopped whatever it was she was doing and came upstairs with me to get ready for bed. Later, I went back downstairs to get something from the kitchen and discovered what her "I don't know" was. It was her digging through a drawer and discovering a bag of spaghetti and dumping it on the floor. Not in whole pieces, no! She likes to make her messes just that much more fun for me to clean up. She was sure to break the dried spaghetti into tiny little pieces. Thanks. Last night's "I don't know" was interesting. She found the spoon and bowl full of water...in the bathroom. Yes, it was the toilet brush and the toilet. She put little pieces of toilet paper in the bowl and was busy stirring. She took the brush out and put it back in over and over again being sure to cover the entire floor with the water.
"Um, I don't know" is never a good thing.