Constance Marie’s Blog: Is My Kid Smarter Than Me?

06/01/2011 at 08:00 AM ET

We’re so thrilled to welcome back Constance Marie, our original celebrity blogger! The actress, mom to 2-year-old daughter Luna Marie with fiancé Kent Katich, stars on Switched at Birth, premiering on ABC Family June 6 at 9 p.m.

Marie, 45, can also be found online on Facebook and @goconstance on Twitter. If you’ve missed any of her past posts, check them out here.

In her latest blog, the actress finds Luna Marie gaining the upper hand in a few scenarios. But when she tries to get Mom’s attention at bedtime, it’s all Constance can do not to laugh!

Courtesy Constance Marie


IS MY KID SMARTER THAN ME? Wait! Is it smarter than I? Never mind.

Okay — well, if any of you have been following me via Twitter or on Facebook, you know … I work hard at being the best mom I can be. But I have to admit, I have had it kinda easy … my kid sleeps (mostly), always ate and if I explained things to her … she pretty much minds me! Cut to … NOW IS IT POSSIBLE SHE IS SMARTER THAN ME? Seriously? She is only 2!

Here are two examples of Luna Marie getting the upper hand.

HITTING: When it first happened (don’t get me wrong), it was actually funny.

Luna Marie would be in her gym class, she would be standing near another kid … and she would be quiet, not even interacting with the other kid. Most of the time the child didn’t even notice her. Luna Marie would start looking the kid up and down for a long time, taking them in … and then suddenly she would WHIP OUT her arm and BAM!!! Tap that kid with gusto! Outta nowhere!!!

Of course, I explained to Luna Marie that, “It is not okay to hit people or babies. You can hit your TOYS or ball if you are upset BUT NO BABIES OR PEOPLE!” The crazy part is she wasn’t even upset or fighting with the kid … she was frickin’ stealth!!! Just quietly standing there then, BAM!

I taught her she HAD to make amends … say she was sorry and then retouch the kid gently. Then my genius child decides it is better as a three step process! To do the WHOLE ROUTINE! BAM! SAY SORRY … THEN TOUCH GENTLE! OMG!!!

Needless to say … she got the lesson I taught her … then figured out a way to make us both happy! OY!

Courtesy Constance Marie

SIGN LANGUAGE: So when I started filming my new series, Switched at Birth, I had to learn sign language. I had a great deaf tutor coming to my house, every day (because I had to learn sign language almost faster than humanly possible, but that is another blog).

His name is Anthony and he has a VERY kind energy … (he is good with kids!). I prep Luna Marie that Anthony cannot hear and he does not speak — he only talks with his hands in sign language. She doesn’t really get it, but wants desperately to meet Mama’s teacher! So she wakes from her nap and I let her come in the office to meet Anthony … SHE JUST STARES AT HIM.

Anthony gestures, “Hi” and shows her a few signs — for mama, dada, milk, apple and cookie — ya know the basics! She is in awe!

I think to myself, “Poop! I wish I had taught her sign language like my other mommy friends,” but Luna Marie spoke so early, I didn’t think I had to! Who knew I would be doing a series where I had to become fluent in sign language?! Life, right?

Well, Luna Marie became obsessed with signs! Good, right? Of course, every time Anthony came over she wanted a new sign. “Happy,” “bed,” “baby” … and she learned so fast! I was in awe. She remembered them all and one day, asked Anthony to give her the names for all the characters in the show Yo Gabba Gabba! (She doesn’t get to watch TV but we showed her one episode over and over about birthdays, so she understood the party concept — but that is another blog.)

To which Anthony signed, “What the heck is that?” I explained, and he sweetly did his research and comes up with name signs for them!

Foofa — Opening your hand on top of your head like a flower
Muno — Making a circle in front of your forehead with your hand, like a one-eyed monster

(FYI — That is how a person gets a name sign, a deaf person has to give it to you.)

Luna Marie was soooo happy! And for a long time she would show us her signs … then one day … she was over it. I would ask her to sign, and she decided she didn’t want to or would change the sign to how she wanted to do it! So I didn’t force it.

Courtesy Constance Marie

Cut to weeks later. We are putting Luna Marie to bed and I had learned a routine — that if she keeps playing or messing around in the crib, you just go in silently, no talking, no engaging, just silence so it isn’t fun. We would check her diaper and put her back down, then leave, so she gets playtime is over and it’s time for nite nite. It really worked well. Mostly she got it…

TIL ONE NIGHT. She was soooooo feisty, flipping on the changing table … rolling around, giggling … and seriously just having a party … and I like the irritated, silent sentinel … just changing that frickin’ diaper, face expressionless. I was so tired and could only keep thinking, “PLEASE GOD LET THIS END!” I just wanted to get back to sleep.

And then she does it… SHE STARTS SIGNING!!! WITH SUCH GUSTO … “MAMA” “HAPPY” “HAPPY” “DADA” …

CRAP!!! IT WAS HILARIOUS! She knew she wasn’t supposed to be speaking and I wasn’t gonna speak to her, so she TRIES SIGN LANGUAGE!!!

I am stifling laughter soooo hard, I have to bite my lip! And turn away because I am totally cracking up!!! I grab another glimpse and now she is working even harder …

SHE IS NOW WHISPERING “HAPPY!!!!” “HAPPY!!!” then she kicks it into overdrive!!!

“MUNO” “FOOFA” “BROBEE” “PLEX” “TOODEE” AND YES!!! LAST BUT NOT LEAST “DJ LANCE” SHE DID THE WHOLE Yo Gabba Gabba ROLL CALL!!! (If you don’t know those characters ask your friends!)

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She is soooo sneaky … SHE HADN’T SIGNED IN WEEKS! When she needed it most she whips it out!!! OMG! What is a mother to do?!?!

FYI, it didn’t work … I didn’t break! Well, if you don’t count my body quivering with silent laughter as I put her down! I was a rock … sorta.

Frickin’ kid is a genius. I am in big trouble! :)

– Constance Marie

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Jgirl on

A genius and adorable….I love these pictures. And yes, kids are so smart now with all the technology at their fingertips. My daughter has been pretending to text since she was 14 months old. Best of luck to you:)

KikiOttawa on

Yep, kids are pretty tech-savvy!

I love the pictures of Luna but I don’t like Constance in them. Luna looks natural and alive, Constance looks like a porn-star wannabe with her inane preening for the camera. Not sure what she thought she was conveying but she failed.

A. on

Hahaha this is too funny… kids are so sneaky!

halee on

this is so hilarious. i love your stories and all your pictures. you have a lovely family.

KRISTIN on

I have always been a HUGE fan of your blogs. So happy that you are back. I am still amazed at how much smarter my kids are than me. I figured that by my third one I had seen and heard it all, but she still surpsises me with her sneakiness. lol. Good Luck! And again, so happy you are blogging again.

Just ignore Kikiottowa, I think you look amazing!!

Jen DC on

If you think about it, Luna is the perfect example of how babies/toddlers MAKE people pay attention to them. It’s evolution. No one is going to take care of you if you (a) aren’t cute (hence fat babies) (b) don’t make noise or stink (crying and crapping) or (c) once you learn how to communicate even rudimentarily, don’t pull out all the stops when the opportunity arises! They are opportunistic need machines! She doesn’t “know” know what she is doing… but she KNOWS. Oh yes: SHE KNOWS. She threw the cute and communication double down at you and while it didn’t work, it could have.

Now here’s the thing: Even if she *is* smarter than you (possible), just remember you have all this life experience on her. USE IT. You’ll at least be able to keep up for a while longer. :D

Tee on

Sounds like you have your hands full with Miss Luna! I think it’s wonderful that you are allowing her to learn sign language along with you! Knowing a third language would be wonderful for Luna and teaching them from such a young age is really great. I’m really looking forward to the premiere of your show next week.

KikiOttawa, even if that’s what you think, why would you say it?

Jenna on

Definitely one of my favorite celeb bloggers! All of your stories make me laugh!

B.J. on

Yo Gabba Gabba is the best kids’ show! Luna is a beautiful name for a cute little girl, she seems like she has a good personality on her :)

lily on

Aww, such a cute and clever little girl! :-)

What I wonder, though, is why is her mother doing such strange faces in the background of the pictures??

andreaRL on

looks like the trolls are alive and well!

Luna sounds like a smart little girl! Love your blogs, Constance!

Lindsey on

hahahaha! this post was hilarious! Your daughter sounds so smart~!

Jillian on

Without googling her name, I have no clue who she is……kid is cute, blog not so much. I am not a troll or a hater, but giving feedback because I feel as a reader of this site, my opinion on the blogs is just as valuable as the positive comments. I read the comment about hitting three times and am not finding any humor in it or how that makes her daughter smarter. I hope her daughter doesn’t use words like “oy” or write in capitals. And I agree the photos are odd with her in the background.

S.L. on

I love this blog! Such cute, funny stories. I’m not a huge fan of some of the other celebrity bloggers, but rather than post negative comments about their stories, pictures or parenting technique–I simply DON’T READ THEM. I might not be as smart as Luna Marie (or as adorable), but I think my strategy makes sense. So while I realize comments are part of the blogging culture (both positive and negative), petty, hurtful comments are unnecessary.

Love your blog Constance–you’re obviously a wonderful mother who is trying her best (just like the rest of us). So keep em coming!

Dickie on

Adorable! I am sitting in courtroom trying to supress the laughter!! Your daughter is beautiful and so are you. The pics are awesome – I know that face…it says, I cant help it, shes too cute, right? Keep the blogging coming!

Tee on

Jillian, you said… ” but giving feedback because I feel as a reader of this site, my opinion on the blogs is just as valuable as the positive comments.”

I agree with you. Feeback does not have to be positive all the time! But I do think it needs to be polite and sad to say, a lot of people are just rude.

Nella on

@ S.L. nicely said, I agree with you! I am all for people expressing opinions whether they are negative or positive just be polite and a grown up about it.

Anyways, Constance cracks me up, I get the humor and Luna is adorable! She seems like a very smart little girl!

corevoice on

Love you and how you draw us in Constance (I sense a closet author and a potential upcoming book)! Not to take anything away from Luna… she is obviously amazing (like her mom) but I can say from experience that it is incredible how quickly kids seem to pick up on sign language. My daughter (who has speech delays due to under-stimulation in the Chinese orphanage where she spent her first year and a half) has really surprised me with her ability to pick up signing. The situational application by Luna is very impressive !!! =o)

Stacey on

Sign language is an awesome tool to have around children. My niece is mostly nonverbal right now besides a few sounds, so being hard-of-hearing myself I’ve taught her signs she’s picked up. “More” “all done” “please” are the 3 she has down pat right now! I loved the show! I think its wonderful to be showing the world the beauty of sign language and the ignorance some people have around Deaf people! Thank you for this show!

JESS on

OMG! I WAS ALMOST IN TEARS READING THIS! KIDS ARE AMAZING WONDERFUL PEOPLE!

Jenn on

Really funny blog! I just watched Switched at Birth and loved it, by the way!

eva on

Shouldn’t the title be “Is my kid smarter than ” Ask your kid and you will get your answer

Laura on

As always your blog cracks me up especially since at 6’2″ and 15 yrs old my last baby doesn’t qualify anymore. That Luna is sounding like a real handful! I love your stories and as someone who has seen the stealth ninja in action I knew exactly what you were talking about and thought it was funny. In my house we called it a “funny once” as in, that was funny once but don’t do it again or you will get in trouble for it.

I’m really hoping you don’t give up on the sign language with Luna. It will definitely be a valuable tool at some time in her life. Just keep using the words around her and she’ll pick them up.

Thanks for keeping me smiling!

Adrienne on

I absolutely adore the show Switched At Birth. It’s been ( no offense) a lot better than I thought it was going to be!! While I found the blog a little difficult to follow, I loved the jest of it. I learned sign language as a very young child and still can remember most of it now, and when I was waking up from my coma and couldn’t speak I used it to communicate with my family. Also I was able to be REAL friends with some hearing impaired people during jr and high school and it opened up many more life opportunities to me. Keep it up!!

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