I had a new proud moment in parenting the other day when I was at Home Depot buying paint. Not when my daughter pulled out a gazillion paint samples—That was embarrassing—but when we got our cans of paint and on her own she told the woman behind the counter “thank you for our paint!”
The woman also handed her a paddle with the dried samples painted on and Lil’ J again, on her own said “Thank you for my wand!”
From birth I’ve taught my kids to say please and thank you, and until now, have usually helped or prompted her to say it.
Now that I’ve realized that she’s at an age where I can basically teach her anything, and she’s excited and ready to absorb it all, I’m trying to help her learn important words and values.
We’re still talking a lot about gratitude and though she’s great at saying please and thank you, I’ve been talking to her about why we’re thankful. Why she loves her family and her little brother. “Why?” is her favorite question to ask me, so I’m turning it around on her.
She and I bought a Christmas card to give to her little brother (and I helped him pick out one for her big sister). I asked her to write down why she loves her little brother and helped transcribe them in English for her.
When I did the same for her brother she offered up “He loves me cause he loves to pull my hair!” Very true.
I’m working on a special note for my husband as well, because although I tell him I love him constantly, I don’t tell him why enough. And amongst the crazy year of new baby, new job and new home, we’ve conquered a lot. I haven’t decided what I’m getting him for Christmas just yet but his little card is a start.
I’m excited to celebrate my favorite holiday with my sweet little family.
This is my absolute favorite time of year. As I celebrate the Christmas, I’ll be sharing some of our experiences in a holiday series sponsored by Hallmark. I bought the holiday cards using my own money and a coupon for $5 off. Here’s the coupon!