I turn into the kitchen and find, to my absolute surprise, my toddler scraping oatmeal into the trash can, a small stack of bowls on the floor at her feet, and one already loaded into the opened-by-her dishwasher…
Encouraging my two-year-old to try potty training has been like trying to convince a lion to go vegan. Smugly he responds, “No! I’m the baby!” Like any two-year-old he is learning to assert his independence both in doing tasks on his own and choosing not to try something new.
How many of you remember being told by your kindergarten teacher to “put on your listening ears”? The ability to hear is one of the earliest and greatest forms of communication we are given. Sadly, it is one of the skills we use the least.