With our little man racing towards his second birthday, it seems as though every day he is amazing us with new words and tricks he has discovered. What has really been an eyeopener over the past couple of months is the role we are playing in teaching him these new skills. This was made quite obvious over the weekend, when Liam started running around yelling ‘shoo fly’ when I picked up the can of fly spray to hunt down the couple of flies buzzing around (I have a bit of a ‘thing’ having flies buzzing around the house – Scott calls it an obsession).
It’s really only now sinking in (yes, I know I should have realised this earlier), the massive role we as parents play in shaping our kids into the people they will become. It’s not only what we say and how we say it, but also our everyday behaviours which they observe and act out.
This topic came up during a conversation with friends over the weekend, and we all could relate to stories about our toddlers knowing their way around our smartphones/ipads etc. It was only last week, that I caught Liam proudly sitting up at the bench, chatting away on my phone whilst typing on the computer. Whilst this all seems like harmless fun, it has made me much more aware of the time I spend on these devices, and trying to limit their use.
Fortunately (I think), he has also picked up on some of our less glamourous behaviours, and is super keen to help pack/unpack the dishwasher, vacuum and has a bizarre fascination wiping surfaces with cloths.
We have been mindful for quite some time about the language we use, to the point where I now play audiobooks and kids CDs in the car, as some of the words he started to repeat from the radio were a little disturbing – however if I hear the Wonky Donkey one more time, I will not be held responsible……..
What is the strangest behaviours/words your child has picked up from you?
Linking up with the amazing Essentially Jess for IBOT