I did a post like this last week, where I talked about what I wanted.
Kind of liberating, to not just talk about food for a change. Believe it or not, I do lots of things other than cook. I think.
FFF Equals…Four Year Old, Fanatical, and Friends
Four Year Old
One of those things I do everyday is chase a four year old. Seven is quite a handful, and where his energy comes from, I can not tell you. Until you are a parent, I don’t think you can understand the level of constant attention a child requires. It seems every moment needs to be filled with something – be it food, a trip to the bathroom, a game, a song, a book read, a dance, getting dressed, getting undressed, keeping him bouncing on the couch, away from the blinds, away from the kitchen knives. I keep his eager mind entertained as best I can, as well as try to keep him well rounded. He does watch TV. I’m not going to make excuses for it, I’m not going to sugar coat it. He watches Phineas and Ferb, Little Einsteins, Backyardigans, Bubble Guppies, Team UmiZoomi, and Dora. I can tell he learns from these shows, and I am thankful that they are there and can teach him in ways I can not. He hums classical music, thanks to the Little Einsteins. He speaks sometimes in Spanish, thanks to Dora. He counts and recognizes patterns thanks to Umizoomi. I am thrilled that television has progressed in this way and there is an outlet for learning that relieves me a bit each day.
He also has his own computer, and he is a whiz on it. He plays things like Super Mario Disney Games, Nickelodeon games. He learns them on his own, without any help whatsoever. I made shortcuts on the desktop for him, and away he goes. Same goes for the iPhone. No, I didn’t buy him one, he has my old one. It still has wifi access, and he has a pile of games and nursery rhymes and songs on there he loves. And you know what? He keeps up with it. He’s had it almost a year now, and again, he’s a whiz.
Right now, we are working together on his writing. Is it too early? He turned 4 a couple of months ago. He’s known his letters for ages, but writing has been a little difficult. Now he can write though, and fairly well, I think. But, should I push it? Should I be manipulating him into wanting to stay within the lines, or is just writing enough? He’s a great colorer – he can stay in the lines really well if he wants to…which is about half of the time. I think he gets bored after a bit and then just wants to move on. Should I curb that? Take away the coloring book before he gets bored?
We also work on math, basic subtraction and addition. Is it too early? Am I too late? I don’t want him to be behind. I worry about these things all the time. Help me out?
I don’t drink coffee, and yet we have a Keurig. Jon drinks a cup just about every day, though, and I used to drink the White Chocolate a lot. But now? I am obsessed with the Apple Cider. Green Mountain has outdone themselves if you ask me, and I can NOT get enough of it. If any of you out there know where I can get a mess of it on the cheap, tell me NOW. If you see it somehow appear on Clearance, buy it and email me. heck, Tweet me from the aisle and tell me, I’ll PayPal you on the spot. Yes, it is THAT good.
I think you’ll like these things too – I saw them on friends blogs and they’ve stuck with me…I bet they will stick with you, too. Kit Kat Cake, Pumpkin Ice Cream Doughnuts, and Peanut Butter Snickers Brownies…oh my.