What I have learned from my toddler:
- Enjoy my porridge. It’s magic. Related finding is: Clean porridge immediately after it’s spillt, because if needed, it can be used as glue.
- The sound a Monkey makes… her favourite. Other mystery sounds are the giraffe, the snail and the little mole.
- Patience and more patience
- When someone’s screaming, screaming louder will not help – speak slowly, quietly and repeat.
- A meal shared (with the cat, mom (against her will) or grandma on skype) is double the fun. Nowadays, I pay a toddler tax on anything that I eat – fruit, cheese, salami… surprisingly, brocolli seems to benefit from a tax exemption.
- Creativity is a source of endless joy. She makes me draw, sing and find original ways of preventing her from touching anything dangerous or that she would enjoy distroying – this year, for example, we will put a Christmas tree on the balcony behind the glass living room doors.
- Getting up early – enough said.
- Sometimes you just want to wear boots. All the time. At home or even to bed.
- You can go a long way with two words – No and More and a finger to point – to reuse while travelling…
- When you want something, grab it and never let go…
What my toddler seems to have learned from me:
- Perseverance. Or was it my husband’s stubbornness she got? Well, perseverance from me and stubbornness from him. That’s it surely…
- Love of books – she can’t help it, we have tons at home and she sees me with one almost every day…
- NO! plus the pointing finger and threatening voice… (these moments, when you see yourself in miniature…)
- Kissing daddy is fun 🙂
- Be gentle with the cat and careful not to get scratched.
- Drawing on her face and hands – in my case it’s make-up and nail polish, in her case it’s crayons and markers… We have a little Indian now. Howgh.
- Taking off her shoes and putting on her slippers (and everyone else’s slippers) when she gets home.
- Smile (well, I flatter myself a bit here, but I heard it said that my daughter smiles so much because we are a mostly “smiling” family… and I can’t help but agree… with a smile)
- Fascination by the smartphone and the tablet and watching videos on Youtube – for me it’s John Oliver, for her it’s The Wheels on the Bus and Five little ducks
- Fruit is the ultimate food. It can be eaten anytime – at mealtimes, in between and even instead of other foods… ( I will still need to teach her the other rule, that fruit and chocolate don’t mix…)