12/05/2011 11:14 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Annoying Conversation #1: 'Did You Finish Your Homework?'

It starts with a simple question after school:

"Do you have homework?"

It ends with me wishing my car came equipped with a portable polygraph machine instead of 600 cup-holders.

Because whenever I ask my son anything -- even the (seemingly) simplest of questions -- he gives me about 75 different answers. Which makes me feel like my head is going to explode.

Just give me a straight answer already!

After more than two years of extreme frustration, I finally came up with an explanation for our annoyingly circular conversations: my son, now 11, has some executive function/information-processing "issues" -- which means he might not understand my question to begin with. Which means he's answering a question he thinks I asked, but that I didn't ask. Which means we go around and around and around until I give up because I can't take it anymore. Life is too short.

Homework, shomework.

My husband has a different and much shorter explanation:

"He's a kid."

Executive-function, executive shmunction.

Dueling diagnoses aside, I wouldn't trade the daily annoying circular head-exploding conversations with my son for anything. They're the highlight of my day, and they're what inspired my "Annoying Conversations" Xtranormal video series.