Tuesday, February 24th, 2009
Notes from Today
I don’t believe parents who say adult music is okay because kids don’t really listen to the lyrics. My 4-year-old cried while listening to the end of Puff the Magic Dragon. I’m being modest. She was balling.
“One grey night it happened, Jackie Paper came no more;
And Puff that mighty dragon, he ceased his fearless roar.”
Note: She didn’t mistake the lyrics thinking Puff died. She said she was crying because they were leaving each other. Then we had a conversation about how it’s okay to cry, and how songs, stories and movies can make you cry from sadness or joy or make you angry or bored.
During meals, my 11-month-old is slapping his open hand against his open mouth while making random noises. We’re still awaiting his first word. He says “dadadadada” rather easily, but I’m universally referred to as “Papa,” so, sorry fathers if you think your kid said “Dad” first. It might be a tendency of linguistic ease.
Our preschool is holding a “Is your child ready for kindergarten?” meeting this week. Consensus among parents is it’s too late; many schools have closed their enrollment period for fall semester. In the coming weeks I’ll have one last product review, about preparing kids for kindergarten, then I’m afraid I can’t pretend my oldest is a toddler anymore.
Our little boy adores his big sister, producing bigger smiles than for his mom and dad. His favorite activity is chasing sister with his push/walker toy. He has also learned to peek between his legs while bending over (see photo).
Everything goes in his mouth. Licking the carpet? Help!