Spending time with the little one is therapeutic, gives me the opportunity to be me. We talk, laugh, scream, we share and we both learn. Did you know that rain rubber shoes (gumboots) are called “galoshes”? No, even I didn’t. My kid is teaching me and I am happy to learn.
“Why is the pig pink?”
“Why are babies only in the mommy’s tummy?”
One of the most awkward aspects of growing up is that we stop questioning. We either accept what’s there or believe it would be silly to ask a question and hence limit our learning. So let’s drop the hesitation and the smart-ass “I know it all attitude, let’s ask, let’s learn”
Think out of the box
“No I don’t want to colour the tree green”
“I want to colour the dog blue”
Why not? Let their imagination run wild. If i keep telling her the rules of life so early, it may limit her thinking and become boring. So let’s set the thinking free. Imagine the crazy – remember if it isn’t crazy every one would be doing it.
“It’s ok papa, we can read this book tonight”
If I can’t find her favourite book, she sometimes is happy with the one available on hand. As we grow up & life becomes complicated, we forget the simple joys of life. Let’s try and cherish those.
Give up. Move on.
Can I please watch TV? No.
Can I watch TV? NO
Switch on the TV. NO!!!
Fine, move on, pick up some toys and get busy. As much as we all need to be determined, there should be point when we realise this is the WALL. So stop and get going in some other direction.
“I think I should try using this (chopsticks)”
Routine is boring. We settle in and love the smooth going. One stops growing if we stop looking or doing beyond the obvious. So, go try something new today.
Are you learning something from your kid? Add to this list, please do share your thoughts in the comments.