Georgia has just finished reading her biggest book yet. 550 pages! Wow! I don't think I read anything that big until high school or maybe even after high school. I thought it was funny that as she announced her finishing, that she thought she deserved a treat for a job well done. So I asked what kind of treat she wanted. Of course, her answer was, Froyo...Frozen Yogurt is one of her favorites (most likely because she gets to choose from all the fun toppings). I was happy to oblige on this special occasion, but Daddy had one more requirement, which was to give us a synopsis of the book. I thought this was fitting (because honestly we were wondering if she was actually reading it), so she proceeded to tell us all about the story for the next 30min. I was quite impressed. Curtis asked her questions, and she answered everything. It was great. So off they went to get Froyo, and now she is on to reading Harry Potter 3.
Levi and I had a fantastic exchange a couple weeks ago. This boy, never ceases to amaze me. We are on our way to school, when I hear him opening his back pack and then his lunch box. I knew exactly what he was going for (sliced hotdogs, his favorite). I put my open hand back and asked for the Hot Dogs and told him that he could eat something else, but he needed to save those for lunch.
He then pulled out the IPAD from his backpack.
He pushed the buttons "I want a snack, I want hot dogs."
"I know you want the hotdogs, but we need to save them for lunch. You can have chips, fruit, cucumber, bread..."
He pushed, "No, I want a snack, I want hot dogs."
(Wow, are we seriously having this conversation? Yes, we are :)
I gave him a couple and then gave him the bag of chips, because, I was just blown away. But here is the thing that makes it even more incredible. He has to navigate through 3 pages to make those sentences. He has to exit out to get to the front page to say "No" and then navigate back in to tell me he wants hot dogs. I'm telling ya, that boy is awesome.
I just finished reading one of Dr. Laura's great books, Stupid Things Parents do to Mess up Their Kids. I have to say that after reading it, I was feel pretty good that we are not totally messing up our kids. However, she made some good points that I felt I could really do better on.
One such point was ignoring bad behavior. Now coming from a behaviorist stand point...and all the training I have received with Levi, there are times when ignoring behaviors works. But there have been some behaviors that we have ignored for years, that just aren't going away. Her stance to not ignore these bad behaviors, reminded me that there are definitely times when bad behavior requires discipline. If they don't know it is bad, they are just going to keep doing it. And if they know it is bad, but we ignore it, they often just continue with it because we don't set any boundaries.
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