I don’t usually post photos here. But Jai drew his concept of a forest this morning – and I was immediately hit with an idea for a conservationist advertisement:
“When the current generation thinks this is a forest, we must be doing something wrong.
Help stop excessive delogging. Help replant trees around the world.
Ensure your kids have fresh air and somewhere to live.”
Our kids will never know the pain we had as kids.
When I was a kid our first TV was a Phillips 16″ B&W little orange unit. The knob fell out so we had a torque spanner attached. Us three boys were Dad’s remote channel changer. We enjoyed all 4 channels, yet watched a lot of ABC.
Jai (almost 5yo) and Aidan (now 2yo) know how to turn on Mummy’s Samsung tablet, select the iView icon and watch anything they like on ABC4Kids.
At 8am Jai knows to turn down the volume so we don’t know.
I’d normally take it away, but for a change he’s responsibly making sure his little brother can watch with him. Cute. Naughty yet cute.
Today Jai found this half filled lolly bag. I made the mistake of leaving it in plain view at my office desk.
I found him with the contents in lines on top of his little dining table. I decided if he was daring, he could have them.
“Dude, they are pure sugar. Don’t eat them too fast.”
“Daddy …. adults shouldn’t eat these.” Oh, he’s had one already.
“Why not dude?”
“… because they are pure sugar.”
Yet he didn’t jump off the walls nor get hyperactive. Because we took him to a park to run around for thirty minutes! Whew.
Oh dear, Jai needed to know the facts of life today.
Jai: “Mummy, honey is bee poo!” Totally random comment from left field, yet understandable in our house.
Mum: “No , if anything it is bee spew.”
Mum: “Seriously, would you rather eat poo or spew.”
Dad: “Please don’t…” But it was too late.
Jai: “I say it is BEE POO!”
There was further discussion, but he couldn’t be swayed. Thankfully he lost interest and his six-second attention span found a new topic. But I know my boy’s memory.
[5 minutes later]
Jai: “Daddy, I have some bee poo for you!”
Dad: “… this is why. Sigh.”
Teach your kids to smile.
Laugh when they laugh.
Life will be so much better for it.
And they will live a far better life.
Wow, it feels like just yesterday that Jai was only 2yo, wanting to madly tap on the Samsung tablet without care for a result.
Now at 4yo he has gotten bored with most of the games.
So we have installed a few educational apps to improve his hand-to-eye coordination, as well as his memory and process-of-elimination skills.
He gets better every day, but is getting bored again.
What do you recommend?
Master Jai was lucky enough to have blue jelly and a packet-meringue for dessert last night.
In true kid-style, he mashed it up into a swirling mass that was barely recognisable.
Then he requested some custard, made for us adults, be added.
Oh dear. Now it looked like a snotty mess.
Despite the appearance, he still ate it.
This morning, the moment he walked into the kitchen, asked this question:
“Can I have jelly for breakfast?!
Sigh. “No dude, Jelly is NOT a breakfast food.”
Jai thinks he is so smart: He stepped outside, into the cold air, stepped back in and said “I need jelly to cool me down!!”
It’s gonna be a long day.