As a parent, there are several things you’re responsible for teaching your child: patience, manners, look both ways before crossing the street, etc. Things that’ll help them get on in the world.
Helpful and important but BORING!
What about all the stuff that’s just hysterical to watch a toddle do?
A few months ago, we taught Lincoln that lifting one shoulder to meet his ear was the “Thriller” dance, and we made him do it over and over (and over and over) again. It was hilarious.
He’s started waving goodbye better and blowing kisses. Watching his little fingers open and shut as he “waves” is adorable and gets my heart every single time.
Most recently he covers his mouth in an “oh my gosh” kind of a way and lifts his arms and hands in a kind of “I don’t know” or “where/what is it?” position when he has a question or we ask him where the dog is.
He also does a few animal noises—when HE wants to.
That’s all cute.
Now, there are things we’ve taught him because he was interested (and it just happened to help us out a little).
He feeds the dog. It’s the cutest darn thing I think I’ve ever seen. I’ll say “let’s feed Roxie,” and he goes and gets her bowl, brings it to where her food is, I scoop out and put in two scoops of food, which I count out loud, and then he takes the bowl back to where it goes and gently sets it down. He’s learning to feed the cats, too, but that requires a stool so it’s much more difficult, I’m sure.
Linc throws things away that we tell him to put in the garbage, he helps me empty the dishwasher (bottom rack only), and he picks out his shoes and brings them to us to put on for him. Sometimes he brings us our shoes, too.
Of course, we’re not creating our own little servant here. He starts these things on his own or he seems interested so we just keep it going.
Yes, yes, were teaching him the patience and manners stuff, too.
What “tricks” have you taught your kids?
Erin Hill is a first-time mom to Lincoln, who was born in January 2010. She's learning as she goes and is experiencing everything a new mom goes through while seeing the humor, irony, and enjoyment in her adventures.
Erin is a full-time technical writer and features freelance writer in her "spare time." She lives in Plum with Lincoln, her husband, Adam, their dog, Roxie, and five (yes, five) cats, Nirvana, Gary Roberts, Elvis, Talbot and Forrest.