Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Terrible Twos...Too Soon

We are getting to the stage where the Baby is constantly testing us and her limits. She's hands down the most adorable kid when she will just reach out and hug you or grab your face and give you a long, drawn out kiss on your lips. Or she will just fake laugh until you'll react with a real laugh. And we have to try really hard to hold onto those moments as she turns into the worst kid ever.

In order to keep my blood pressure down, I will pair one bad thing with a good thing.

She will randomly grab our phones and just throw it across the room. Not a soft, baby toss but an Olympian discus fling.

Every night before bed she takes our phones and attempts to plug them to charge. And in the mornings, the first thing she does it bring our phones to us.

She throws away everything. The trash can is her most favorite place.

She throws away her trash if we ask her to but then again, she probably just enjoys throwing stuff away to begin with.

She loves playing with the dog food.

She loves hand feeding our dog. And has the most adorable laugh when she chases him.

She likes to spill her drinks on purpose to play with the mess.

She is adamant to drink from a cup like a big girl. It's frustrating but it's cute to watch.

Those are the main ones now; it's going to get worse before it gets any better so we're bracing ourselves.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

To Test or Not to Test

The Wifey posed a question to me this evening on whether or not we would allow the Baby test to get into the Gifted and Talented (Magnet) programs for Kindergarten. I think as parents we always want the best for our children and obviously these schools give the best opportunity but how well do they actually develop and prepare children?

Granted I was a byproduct of the academy system (not until middle school - I got caught cheating during my testing to get into the academy system in elementary school but that is neither here nor there) and the Wifey actually spent her entire public education in the Gifted and Talented programs. How much she has actually retained is minimal but at least she can say she was once gifted and/or talented.

But I worry that if the Baby does do these tests and it's shown that she isn't as smart as we think she is or she has to face adversity and rejection when she realizes that there are going to be kids who are just ten times smarter with even smarter parents.

Some of the smartest people I know didn't do the academy route and they turned out fine and then there are those who did go through enriched courses and are seriously the most messed up people ever.

It's kinda like on the Simpsons and Lisa realizes she is surrounded by idiots but in the end she realizes those idiots is what makes her unique. I just don't want the Baby to see her parents the same way I saw mine - as a thorn in my side when I am trying to be better than what I really am.

I hope she comes to the realization sooner than I did that there is more to life to just academic tests and GPA and that although I have forgotten how to use that FOIL technique  - I will always be smarter to her as long as she is living under my roof; academy system or not.

Friday, November 18, 2011

The Art of No

The Baby has learned how to use the word 'no' a little too much. For awhile she was good in never saying no always open to anything. But now, it's all about 'no'.

Ask her to put on her diaper, she will scream 'noooooooooo' and then run away.
Ask her to wipe her face: Noooooooooooo and then run away.
Ask her to stop jumping off the coffee table: nooooooooo and then run away.
Ask her to stop jumping off the couch: noooooooo and then run away.
Ask her to stop throwing dog food at the dog: noooooooooo and then run away.

Usually we would be angry because she is already disobeying us but it's such a cute little no she yells and the way she scurries off into her tent to hide is funny too.

But here is the byproduct of a child who refuses to wear clothes: