Monday, February 04, 2008
My 3 year old has reached another emotional milestone right as we spend more time inside during these days of sleet, ice, and snow. It is all the regular three year old discovering "me" stuff--temper tantrums, harassing big brother, opinionated, huffy, spunky, pushing buttons, testing boundaries (maybe if I climb onto this table I can reach that chandelier), wreaking havoc wherever he goes!
My remedy for the chaos of three is helping. He helps me grind my coffee beans in the morning, helps make breakfast, helps with all baking, helps with cooking prep, helps fold laundry (or jumps on it and throws it in the air), and so on...and while it takes longer, it keeps him happy. I think if the 3 year old is happy, everybody is happy.
Today he had a decent day. He squeezed orange juice, made coffee, stamped Valentine cards, painted a gnome, baked rolls from scratch, helped prepare snacks, played games with mom, helped with the bubble bath, read books, and of course poked and chased his big brother mercilessly.
He is quite a little guy!