Teaching “How To Be Human” Lessons To Our Son
A year and a half.
It’s funny to see how your toddler will eagerly mimic and go along with just about anything you do, assuming you are teaching him or her a lesson in what it’s like to be a normal human being.
Because after all, isn’t that sort of what we’re doing as parents- giving our kids “how to be human” lessons each day?
After all, we undoubtedly instill our own family culture into our kids; even if we as the parents are not necessarily aware what our micro-culture even is.
I’m trying to think of some examples of micro-culture in our household, but not for the average American family.
Well, for starters, our son believes that prunes are a delicious dessert. (We deprive the kid of fruit juice, so to him, the sweetness of dried plums taste pretty awesome!)
Jack asks to be pulled in his wagon around the neighborhood; not as a recreational activity, but as a mini-sabbatical.
He thinks that cleaning and doing housework, like vacuuming, is a treat.
Part of our morning routine is that Jill lets him take all the caps off the perfume and cologne bottles; making it his duty to smell each one of them. (That explains why he often smells extremely masculine or feminine each morning on his way to daycare.)
There’s the fact that my wife and I realized it will be a while before we can upgrade from our modest 31 inch screen TV, so we pulled out our blow-up mattress to lay down on to watch Lost on. Hey, if we can’t make the TV bigger, we can at least make it seem bigger, right? Anyway, Jack has assumed it’s his new play mat.
Oh, and then there’s the exercise video with accompanying exercise step…
My wife’s exercise step has been a sporadic toy choice for Jack over the past month or so. Sometimes during playtime he grunts and points to the closet.
That’s my cue to take it out for him and let him “walk the plank.” Evidently it’s a lot of fun when you’re 18 months-old.
By going along with the idea that an exercise step is a kids’ toy, I reinforce his preconceived idea that this is normal.
Last Saturday, while wearing his (in)famous plaid romper, he decided to join Jill in a work-out video in the convenience of our living room thanks to Netflix on our Wii, called Dance Off the Inches: Calorie Blasting.
If only Elmo had his very own dance video for toddlers…
Jack thinks dancing to an exercise video is normal for an 18 month-old. And I allow him to.
Too bad he has to learn how to be a normal human being from me. My feet may be on the ground, but my head is always in the clouds.
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