People are always really surprised when the baby says, “Thank you!” after he is handed something or helped. He says it in three different languages–not because I taught him–but because his older brother’s have set a good example for him. I’m so thankful to have their help in teaching him!
After you’ve cleaned up the counter but before you start cooking, there is one very important step: washing your hands! Use the phrase, “Please wash your hands in the sink,” with your kids the next time they are ready to help in the kitchen!
Do you know that show Say Yes to the Dress? They always ask the question, “Are you saying ‘Yes’ to the dress,” knowing full well that the bride-to-be is going to say, “Yes.” Asking my boys, “Are you finished,” is kind of like that–but about school! They love being able to tell me they are done with school for the day, so I always like to ask, “Are you finished?,” and I get a resounding, “Yes!” back. Tell me… what do your kids want to do FIRST when they finish their school work?
Nolan is the most adorable guy. He will yell out super detailed compliments when we’re leaving a restaurant, which is funny cause he’s so quiet. Like, he’ll say to the hostess at the Original Pancake House on our way out, “Thank you! You made the best pancakes with strawberries on top!” I just love how he appreciates things, down to the very last detail. (And how he tells the hostess.) Use, “You always do such a good job,” the next time you notice a job well done with your kids, friends, or… local hostess! 😉
Asking you kids, “Which book do you want to read,” can be quite the dilemma! I don’t know about you, but my boys love books, so picking out just one can be a hard decision. We are reading a lot of classic novels right now. With Halloween creeping up on us, I grabbed a spooky book in German to read to them as well! What’s your family favorite book to read together?
After putting the baby down for a nap, do you keep your house loud or do you have everyone quiet down? With our first two, we could be as loud as we wanted. But with this baby, he is always waking up a bit early, so I find myself saying, “Will you please whisper?” to my older kids as we get closer to the end of his nap time–just in case he can nap a little longer.
Darian loves to run up to me and say in a foreign language, “I need to use the computer,” and even though it isn’t always a need (cough cough computer games), I usually let him because (1) he asked in a foreign language and (2) he’s extremely strategic and only asks if his chores and school work are done. Like, how can I say no when he’s so on top of things?
When Darian was a baby, he loved to eat tomatoes like apples! Do you have a kid who used to do that? Or maybe they still do! Kids’ taste buds are a funny thing. Well, I hope that if you planted tomatoes this year, you can use this phrase, “The tomatoes are growing,” as you look out over your garden!