The Art of Language in a Toddler (around one years old)
Simon says, do what they do. (not showing you the picture of that! lollllll)
All the world is a laboratory to the inquiring mind.
Martin H. Fischer
As a parent you get your first experience interacting with children from birth through all the stages of growth in life. As a grandparent, you get to revisit those memories and see what you remember, what you forgot, and see how, with each child the experience is similar, yet different. But we already knew that? Each child we watched grow, go through the terrible twos, angelic birth to six months? Those first steps, then they walk, and the world opens up to them as an adventure to explore, and explore they do!!!!! Oh how many more steps it takes to keep up with them once they start to crawl, then walk. There isn’t much time between crawling, those first steps, and walking.
Around here, we don’t look backwards for very long… We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things because we’re curious… and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.
Toys for $2.45 cents, yup i know you spent more than that!!! They like the $2.45 toys the best sometimes. lollll
Now this will be no mystery to us grandparents, they keep you on your toes, but as a grandparent you get that extra benefit, grandpa and grandma naps. In fact my granddaughter use to tell me, it was time for my grandpa nap, she didn’t want me to get to tired, and we had been very busy playing and she knew that its not easy for grandpas to keep up with granddaughters. They are very preceptive, and you don’t have to say anything, they just know!!!!
Now while grandparents know, new moms and dads have to learn, that a hundred dollar toy may not become there childs favorite toy… This parent trap catches every parent at least once where they try to do what they think is best for there child, and the child teaches them, how to save money. Us grandparents just look on and smile, yup we had that experience to!!!!
Now you may not see an amazing toy in a Andes Chocolate box. Oh but what we assume, no child will, so when i take out all the chocolates except for two? Yup just make sure you got all the plastic wrap off, close up the box with a couple chocolates inside and shake it. Your grandchild will see the noise maker, and knows something adults call good to eat is inside and get very curious, crawl to the coffee table and climb up into a standing position and start to shake the box with laughs, and giggles.
Cost of this toy, $2.45 and you get to eat the chocolate inside tell there is only two pieces left!!! Oh it will last until they try to eat the cardboard the box is made out of. Its that feeling or tasting the texture experiment they enjoy so much. Yup, they will try to eat the carbboard in same way you ate the chocolate.
Children have to be educated, but they have also to be left to educate themselves.
There were to balls on the couch. I took the blue one, and he took the white one. I held the blue one, multicolor one in my right hand, and he held the smaller white one in his right hand as he held onto grandmas sleeve. He takes the white ball and puts it up to his mouth. With a motion of blowing bubbles with his mouth he rubs the ball back and forth across his mouth, and you hear a sound like; bub bub blah blah, bub flub dub dub blub. Now is he talking? Or is he singing? Maybe he just told us a story?
He looks at me as if to say, “your turn!” So I take the blue, multicolored ball and repeat his actions and do my best to repeat his sounds. He watches me closely and then smiles as if to say, “Hey, he just did what i did!” Mine didn’t sound exactly the same, but close enough. So he takes his white ball and does another sequence of sounds; flub blub mmmm mbub mbub bumub bu bu bub vmmm vmmm vmmm.”
I do the same and we play this game six, seven, maybe ten times with smiles and laughter. Oh yea he loves this game!! Now i’m not sure what we said to each other, then again maybe its not about the words, maybe its just, to sing to each other? Maybe its just as simple as, to practice sharing communication? To realize this is a from of art, to be shared?
Oh and then we find the boxes! We explore how they can be put one inside the other, or piled one on top of the other. We explore how you can put things into them and pull those things back out again. Oh and they make noise when you bang them against the coffee table, like a drum! Between grandma and myself we keep him very very busy, but he is keeping us busy as well!!! As he learns so do we, for we learn about him, his personality, his smiles, his laughter, his likes and dislikes. We learn that all grandparents have a child within them that seeks to be expressed when they are with there grandchildren.
Every child deserves a champion – an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be.
He rubs his eye, usually the right one, and grandma knows this means he is tired. She prepares a bottle and lies him down. Oh he fights the sleepy sandman, his world he wants to explore, yet soon, he is asleep and not for long but just long enough so he can wake up and explore again amazing world that surrounds him.
With smiles and hugs, we say goodbye when his parents say its time to go. What he does not see? That grandma, and myself are ready for grandparent naps as well!!! oh and more chocolate from the Andes box!!!
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