Yesterday was a fun, funny and , ahhhhhhhhh what is an f word for tiring?
I had two of the four two year old granddaughters here. Normally I watch one, but Sarah needed some help and asked if I could take Shelby along with Scout. I would do it again in a heart beat, but let me share some of my day.
Shelby has been a worry to me. When we see her it is always when there is lots of family and she is more quiet and a bit withdrawn. She is a thinker and likes to sit and color or paint and does not want to be disturbed! Here she is with her pumpkin at Halloween.
You can see her intensity.
Back to yesterday.
Shelby arrived at 6:45AM and started talking. Her mouth never stopped. She followed me everywhere and talked. Scout came at 7 AM and then it was different. Two two year olds are either loudly playing or loudly fighting!
Here is what I learned:
- Sharing is a long four letter word. No matter what, it is not part of their vocabulary. Try as you will to teach them to share it does not comprehend. There was a break through though. Scout has three stuffed animals, one duck and two bears, that I do not make her share. Only rule I have is that if she is not sharing then they get put on my bed and not played with at all. Scout wanted to hold them and not share. Shelby had the duck, Scout the two bears and the fighting began. I reminded Scout of the rule and she said “no sharing” so I went to get the three animals. She learned! She said “OK, share” and they did!
- TV watching is something that is to be fought over. One wants Little Einsteins the other needs to watch Handy Manny. If they both want the same thing and say it at the same time, one will quickly change what they want.
- Food is also a source to argue about. If one wants mac and cheese, the other wants something else. So lunch is hot dogs, mac and cheese, chips and egg.
- Nap time. Ohhhhhhhh nap time. One two year old takes her blanket and goes to bed on her own. The other screams and informs you she does not take naps. They both need to nap in the same room. Solution? Grammie naps too!
- If you do something wrong, run into the kitchen and say “Grammie, I did not do…” even before the other one complains that you did. (This is a lesson learned after having to sit in a chair for doing that same thing when Grammie saw you do it and you did not know she was watching when you did it.)
I could go on, but you get the idea.
Now, I look at these precious little ones and think about how we are with our Heavenly Father>
How are we with:
- Putting others first?
- Trying to get away with something we know we should not do and have done before and were disciplined?
Are you any different than a two year old? I know I am not!