Even though we consciously set out to expect amazing things of him, it's so easy to fall into that parent trap of feeling our little ones can't do things. I do it with all of my children and they are happy to play helpless and let me do things for them!
My example is that, when my little guy was five, he used to try and help me with the folding. So as I would be folding the clothes, he would be shaking them out and laying them flat in a pile. I used to get so frustrated but let him do it because I knew he was trying to help. It took twice as long to fold with his help.
Then one day the penny dropped for me, and I took the time to show him how to fold. Lie the pants flat, join the two legs, bring the top to the bottom. The next day, after one lesson, I finished hanging clothes on the line and came in to find this!
I couldn't believe it! My eight year old doesn't take the time to fold this well. Note he has even put them in correct piles - his sisters clothes, kitchen linen etc. I didn't teach him that part, he just observes.
Let this be a lesson to me. Never underestimate any of my children! Yes Miss Eight, I'm on to you. I know you can fold better than you are letting on!
Now one more photo that has nothing to do with this post whatsoever. My little dolly granddaughter!
|I just want to squish her!!!|