I got to thinking about the things that I expect from our kids. They have just turned 3 and 4, and I have the following expectations:
- Decent table manners (use a napkin, use silverware, clear your dishes when you are done, ask to be excused)
- Be kind (this is a work in progress with Maggie. If she doesn't get what she wants, she tells the other person that 'you aren't my friend' and screams. I used to just tell her that wasn't nice, but now I feel like she is old enough to learn my life mantra - treat others like you would like to be treated. We are getting there.*)
- Say please and thank you.
- Help care for the family pet (Cam give Henry his dinner at night and lets him out in the morning)
- Dress yourself in the morning
- Undress yourself at bedtime
- Say excuse me when others are talking
- Try new things (foods, activities)
- Swimming (Cam is starting REAL swim lessons on Saturday. Mommy will not be in the pool!)
- Riding a bike (both kids mastered it with training wheels, I think this is the year we work with Cam on taking those off).
- Cooking - Maggie makes a great peanut butter and jelly sandwich
* Does anyone else with 2 (or more) kids find themselves babying the youngest? I used to have big discussions with Cam about why we do (or don't do things) and with Maggie I tend to just say 'DON'T DO THAT'. I'm trying to be better, but I'll often realize that I think she is too young to understand. But she isn't. At 3 she knows that she doesn't like to be yelled at - so she shouldn't yell others, right!?