For a large majority of school kids in the UK, today will be their first day back to either their existing school or a new school. Having just been off the phone to my wife, she recounted scenes of some kids crying because of new teachers or no teachers. Anyway, I am sure most parents will be glad to see their children back in the school routine and Summer holidays now over.
I must admit, for the first time, we felt that the Summer break did run through quickly, but this was down to some shrewd planning and kind help from family. So, how did we achieve this? Continue reading
A few nights ago, as I was sitting upstairs listening to some music, suddenly there’s this ruffle sound coming from the hallway downstairs. It would then stop, then start up again, it was as if something was being arranged, re-arranged. I turned down the music and made my way downstairs, no sound now, no trace of anyone/anything. I dismissed it!
The next morning, I open the shoe cupboard in the hallway, the top drawer where my shoes are kept only to find this… Continue reading
What better way but to start with the definition of a parrot:
A copycat who does not understand the words or acts being imitated
Well, this is the perfect description of our 2 1/2 yr old. We started noticing this some weeks back, how he would jump on the very last word any of us used in a sentence. However, he wouldn’t jump on saying that single word, he would waffle a sentence that included that word. Ok, I have parents all over the world nodding, been there, seen it, but it’s actually so funny which then turns into so annoying.
We then decided to run an experiment. In the car, while driving, our little one started copying our eldest, he was in the groove so I asked my eldest to make up a sentence and see how his little brother coped. It was hilarious, our little one was spot on, it was like an echo!
We have now moved onto words containing 14 letters or more, the results are staggering.
Human Parrott Experiment continues……
In the space of 1 week, I managed to travel forward in time to see the impact of something that happened in the past, and to see how something that is happening now, may end up being the future. Confused? I bet!
It’s a Monday morning and the clock reads 08:40, great, I tell myself, ahead of schedule. As I go to collect my 2yr old’s shoes from the hallway, I realise they are still muddy from yesterday, damn, I am going to lose time here. So as I start a quick scrub, my little one watches in amazement, shoes dirty he says.
Finally I get his shoes and jacket on, the rain is pouring down as I open the front door. We rush into the car, I buckle him in, with the rain falling on my back, he finds it amusing.
I sit in the car, start it up and begin rolling backwards out of the drive, I then hear this little sound from the back seat, Papa, seat belt. In that one moment, I forget everything and it made me realise once again the power of observation children have. How they observe your habits, mannerisms and how they associate things with different scenario’s. I am sure all those parents out there have experienced these situations, we have to always be mindful of our actions and reactions as children never forget.
It pleased me that my little one managed to associate driving a car with putting on a seat belt, now the next step will be to teach him why we put it on.
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