Friday, February 8, 2013
The Kids and Family
M drew his first people. Notice the heads, the body, the legs, and the many fingers! I'm actually confused because they don't normally draw fingers until their 6th year, which is one of the Grade 1 readiness assessment things they look at. Heck, R doesn't even draw fingers regularly yet. His grade 1 readiness is coming up fast, and we are concerned he won't be ready. I don't want to push him ahead if he lacks the confidence to do so, but at the same time we don't want M and R in the same kindergarten - which is what would happen.
K has entered back into the world of Drama Queen (did she ever really leave?). She had been moody, showing tons of attitude and all around being kind of b*tchy to everyone. It's impossible to deal with.
There are a few articles going around social media sites about putting down your phone and actually parenting. This one is the most popular, but this one on modelling behaviour, and rushing children to do things, as well as this one about raising children who will be leaders, and not simply "good listeners" are also really good. Craftymama has been reading a lot of blogs lately about how to change our parenting techniques so our house isn't as loud, and so the kids are happier. We are already putting some of the things into practice - like speaking in pictures, putting down our phones, and treating our kids with more respect and while there hasn't been much change in them, there certainly is a different feeling in us.
Change is good.