We just convinced our son that he should wear his Autumn jacket for the chilly weather, and we were hit with a minor heat wave this past weekend. :) So, we are back to square one. The little man is already saying, “I don’t need a jacket”. :) I guess mother nature wants our son to always be right, and my wife and I to always be wrong. :)
I “try” to introduce a new three letter word to my son before he heads off to school. The goal is just get him to used to pairing letters and sounds. I am by all means not preparing him for the Scripps National Spelling Bee contest. :) So, you would think forming three letter words daily would be an easy task, but honestly it is not. :) It actually requires a lot of thought after you have exhausted all the obvious words. I probably should start looking up three letters words in the dictionary, especially since I am not ready to create longer words for the little guy. :) And just as important, trying to do this activity consistently is a real challenge. Oh man…the challenges of trying to educate your child.
This past weekend we were planning to hit the beach or go to the museum. We figured if the weather was nice we will take full advantage it, and be outdoors. And if the weather was a little cold, we will introduce our son to an art museum. Well, of course neither happened. :) Our son had plans of his own. He wanted to go to a place that has huge bouncy houses so he can test his vertical. He wanted go through inflatable obstacle courses that challenges his military-spartan-ninja skills. Last, he wanted to go down a slide that allows him to break the sound barrier. So, we took him, and honestly we “all” had a great time. It was awesome seeing our son go completely nuts with all the other children. They were running, jumping, falling, sliding, rolling, and tumbling. And most importantly they were all smiling and laughing…….except for those children that got kicked in the face, pushed back down a ladder, or trampled on. :) So, we will probably do this again, and maybe my wife and I will be less overprotective, and perhaps be as cool as the other parents who felt confident enough to not watch their child every minute. :)
We told our little farmer that the art of blueberry picking entails finding the bluest blueberry. It shouldn’t have a hint of red because it will still be sour. He listened carefully, and followed our advice. Later, he suggested to us that tasting blueberries should be part of the blueberry picking strategy. Makes sense…right? I think so.
One day when our son is older my wife and I kind of expect him to be responsible and helpful, especially in the house. So, we have started to somewhat train him to help us with our chores, along with doing other stuff. And the way we go about this is by saying “Can you help me…”. At the moment we find that this works better than simply ordering him around…for example, “Put away your…”. So here’s a short list of things we think that will help our son simply become a better person in the future.
Can you help me ….
…put away the toys? (Even if it takes longer to do overall).
…put the clothes in the dryer? (Even if it’s a few garments).
…fold the clothes? (Even if it’s a bad folding job).
…read the newspaper? (Even if its looking at pictures).
…make the bed? (Even if its just tossing the covers around).
…get your red cup? (Even if you have to show where it is).
…organize your shoes? (Even if you do 90% of the work).
…throw away the trash? (Even if you hold the bag, and he just walks with you).
Give it a try, and let me know how it goes!
The past few mornings I found myself wanting to sleep longer. I guess it has something to do with the days becoming shorter, the nights becoming longer, and the weather being cooler. So, when I go to wake up the little man I can tell he’s on the same page as I am. He does not want to get out of bed….he just wants to stay under the covers. And honestly, I don’t want to wake him up. He sleeps peacefully, and looks cozy. I feel that he should just sleep until he wakes himself up. However, either my wife or I has to do the dirty work, and wake him up so he can get to school on time. Someone must wake up sleeping beauty, or in this case…the sleeping dragon :) I guess this is part of parenthood. Do things you really don’t want to do even if it is something so minor like waking up a child from an awesome dream.
Now that the little man is a chatterbox, and can basically respond to questions, my wife and I have come across a new problem. How do you get your child to listen to you when they come back with responses that make you chuckle? :) Here are a few conversations with a soon-to-be 3 year old.
Between daddy and son
Daddy: Could you please take your feet off the table while we eat.
Son (while leaning back in the chair and smiling): No daddy, I’m relaxing.
Daddy: Of course you are…makes sense. What was I thinking. :)
Between mummy and son
Mummy: Can you please walk down the stairs properly.
Son (while sliding down the steps and jumping): No mummy.
Mummy: You shouldn’t do that. You might get a boo-boo.
Son (singing while arms out): Let it go, let it go…(lyrics from Frozen)
Mummy: I need to let go…huh? :)
Between daddy and son
Daddy: Lets put on your jacket. It will keep you warm.
Son: I don’t need a jacket. I have you.
Daddy: You want me to just hug you all day! :)
Unexpected responses that make you laugh, smile, and melt.
Little man started school yesterday, and boy was he excited. I guess he was sick of us. :) Who can really blame him. He gets to go back hanging out with his friends, and being somewhat independent. So, as a curious dad, I wanted to know more about his day. Below is our very short conversation.
Daddy: How was school buddy? Was it fun? Did you play with so and so?
Son: Daddy do you poop in your pants?
Daddy: Nope. :) Anything else happen in school?
Son: Nope. Let’s play planes.
Son: Crash planes.
I hope all you parents can relate to this. If not, then please don’t tell me. I would then have to worry. :)
Whenever my son comes to me, and says, “I have to go potty”, my immediate response is always to say, “really…now?” Then I think for a few seconds, and drop whatever we are doing, and tell him, “alright…let’s go!” For some reason, I am always shocked when he tells me this. I guess I cannot get over the fact he has become trained in taking care of his personal business. :)
So when did the little man figure out all this potty business? I have no idea…..it just happened. The only thing I do know is that when a child is potty trained…it’s awesome! :)
Reading books to our son before bedtime is back in action! This shouldn’t be that big of deal, but it is to me. I am actually pumped up about this!!! :) You see, we kind of stopped reading to him at night for a little while….we fell out of our routine. So, this weekend the goal is to find some new children books at the local library and book store. Hopefully getting back to this evening routine will help the little man prepare for school and go to bed early. :)
When the little man is with his toddler friends…I no longer exist. Honestly…he won’t even look at me nor talk to me :(. I am left in the dust! Who would have thought that a child turning three in a couple of months will already be acting like this. I thought I had a least 2 more years before this happens. This just shows that I don’t know anything. :) As for the future…well…I guess it probably just gets worse. I won’t even be allowed in the same room as him. :) So, I better start researching “how to be cooler than a bunch of toddlers”, so that my son will acknowledge me. :)
I should be more careful in what I teach the little man because sooner or later I just may regret it. You see, a few months ago I taught him the word “Rock and Roll”, and what “Rock and Roll” means. So every time we are in the car he asks for “Rock and Roll”. At first I really didn’t mind it, and honestly it was actually awesome. He remembered what I taught him. He was learning a particular genre of music. Also, I enjoy these types of songs. However, nowadays whenever I try to put on Hip-Hop, Pop, Country, Classical, etc…my actions get shot down by a toddler saying “I want Rock and Roll”. So, what does a caring dad do? Simply fib, and bend the truth. :) I tell him “all songs are Rock and Roll” or at least…”this song may not sound like Rock and Roll, but it is…just a little different”. :) Lesson learned…think before speaking and teaching.
A few posts ago I mentioned my son was learning how to solve puzzles. Well, here he is at it again. Well, he basically does it everyday. :) I’m really excited that he enjoys doing these games. We will always have something to do together especially on rainy days.
Our little farmer picked his own tomatoes from the backyard. It’s great seeing him do these simple things. Hopefully he doesn’t expect a farm-to-table dinner every night. :)
"Go away bad guy!" This is what the little man has been telling either my wife or I whenever we "bother" him. Luckily, my wife and I are a little thicker skinned so it does not bother us. We actually laugh about it. :) However, I am sure someone else’s feelings will probably get hurt one day. Someone should really teach my son some manners. :) Or we can just beat up the culprit who taught the little man this phrase.