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Knox just wants to help!

You know that vicious cycle of toy accumulation where you buy some toy that looks fascinating, and you expect it to preoccupy your child for hours, and instead they go immediately for your remote/cellphone/broom/wrench rather than play with their exclusive, child-safe toy?

I call that the early glimmers of discernment. I think toddlers are starting to understand what is real, and what isn’t. And before imaginative play kicks in, to give them something that is only an imitation of the real thing, may be disrespecting their intellect.

This past month Knox has started getting very upset, clinging to my legs and screaming whenever I go make something in the kitchen or work on something at the table. Then, last week, he mastered climbing on chairs, and now will do so as often as he can, then stands there and squeals in satisfaction. When I forcefully take him off the chair, he protests and bawls. He wants to climb on the table, he wants to get his hands in my things, some of which are either fragile, or dangerous.

Today while I was preparing dinner, he started bawling at me and trying to climb the kitchen cabinet. I put him on the sofa facing the kitchen table, where he has a good record of standing safely. And showed him my pouring and mixing things. He immediately calmed down and watched me for a while, before asking to participate.

It reminds me of what happened a few days ago. Two of my friends came over to make dinner, Knox was, as usual, climbing on things and bawling when we tried to take him off them. So they spontaneously decided to let him join them. This is what happened:

It was a small task that slowed us down , but made Knox so happy. He stayed and “worked” the entire while, putting the picked bean sprouts in the other bowl, until there wasn’t a single bean sprout left in the bowl. We had to show him the empty bowl so he knew the task was finished!

It is stuff like this that helps me understand what he really wants (to help!), and to slow down and be more thoughtful, like my friends were. I am so blessed to meet such good people.

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The comforts of New temporary normal

So Mike was back for the long weekend, Friday night to Monday. It was so great to see him again. To have two parents in the house. It was not a fiery reunion where every moment was spent gazing into each others eyes in rapt adoration (though there was that, too). We took walks, went to the doctor’s, read, shared the burdens of a teething toddler, saw an exhibition, rented a movie. And we had food. So much food.

In other words, it was much like normal home life. And it was so good. This is the way it should be.

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<Photos edited by Mike>

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Bib giveaway results are in! And the winners are…

random number 1

Winner 1

random number 2

Winner 2

Random number 3

Winner 3

The 3 bibs!

 

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So excited to be sending these off! For all those who commented but didn’t win, I’m giving you guys 10% off the original price! Check out my Etsy listing or my Ruten listing and write to me using the e-mail you commented with for the discount! I will refund directly through the purchase.

有留言但沒有中獎的朋友,我特別給九折優惠。直接在我的網拍下訂單,再用你留言的e-mail告知我你已下單,我就會從購買中退折扣給你。 數量不限,售完為止。

All the love~

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