what are you? 3?

19 Apr

While I was desperately trying to find THE MANUAL on how to be THE PERFECT PARENT (spoiler: there is none) I swallowed a few dozens of parenting books. Some I loved, others I breezed through and a few didn’t appeal to me after all and were left unread on the shelf.

What I realized after reading all these books was one thing: Too much information can be as harmful as too little information. The key is ΠΑΝ ΜΕΤΡΟΝ ΑΡΙΣΤΟΝ (pan metron ariston=moderation is the key).

What I have done in the last couple of years is reread some chapters of the books that I found helpful and keep in mind little gems and treasures I find on the way.

One of these treasures was a phrase an author suggested we should tell ourselves each time we forget that we are dealing with a child. The deeper meaning was that we tend to get carried away and expect way too much from the little person we have in front of us.

Let me give you an example.

Iliana asked me yesterday to play hide and seek. In the effort of spending more quality time with my kids I decided to drop everything I was doing and play along. If Iliana asks, you usually obey since she is the sweetest, most sunshine-y little girl on this planet (objectively speaking of course).

What I had forgotten was that she hadn’t really grasped the concept of the game. Yiannis absolutely loves to play hide and seek and usually finds it extremely entertaining to scare the hell out of her whenever he hides and suddenly reappears (accompanied by a shriek voice and frightening face while pretending to be a lion). So the whole concept of hide and seek is a bit distorted in her little 3 year old mind.

Iliana: Mama, count to three and I will hide under the couch

Me: Honey, you are not supposed to tell me where you hide, I will count to ten and you will hide wherever you want, ok?

Iliana: Ok mama, I will hide under the couch and you will then count to 3.

Me: The whole purpose of this game is that you hide without telling me where you are and I will try to find you ok? don’t tell me WHERE you hide, ok?

Iliana: Ok mama. I will hide first and then you count to 3. She didn’t seem like grasping it but I decided to play along, anyway.

Me: 1……2…….3…….I am coming….

Iliana: Ok mama, I am behind the curtain!

I rest my case…

Until next time

love,

tatu

Image

even if she hadn’t told me, her ‘kiki’ kind of spoiled her hideaway 😉

 

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12 Responses to “what are you? 3?”

  1. ramblingsfromamum April 19, 2013 at 8:10 am #

    Now that is adorable T. Bless her little heart – count to 3 Mama, I bet it took all your strength not to laugh when she said “I’m behind the curtain”. Took me back to when daughter #2 was about 3 or 4. It was hot she was running outside playing butt naked apart from her little slippers. I had washing on the line, mainly sheets. She yelled out for me to come and find her, all I saw of her were from her knees down behind a sheet and she thought she was invisible…so thanks for taking me back. xx 🙂

    • wonderlandbytatu April 19, 2013 at 8:15 am #

      I am glad it took you back!! I was laughing pretty much non stop through out her attempt to play hide and seek with me…Here is to the moments we cherish with the young ones!! xxx

  2. expatsincebirth April 19, 2013 at 9:02 am #

    Oh you made me laugh! Thanks for this post, Tatu! I once played it with my daughters and they were telling – actually yelling! – each other where they would hide, somehow thinking I wouldn’t hear them and then they added “But don’t tell mama, ok? She doesn’t have to know!…” Too funny. 😉 xxx

    • wonderlandbytatu April 20, 2013 at 6:53 am #

      that is the essence of childhood isn’t it?? A moment like that makes everything worthwhile!

      • expatsincebirth April 21, 2013 at 10:15 pm #

        Oh yes, it is! I should write down all those moments…

  3. lahacienda April 19, 2013 at 9:14 am #

    How incredibly CUTE! yes, if Iliana asks for something, it’s impossible to say no. I love the picture!

  4. elskenewman April 19, 2013 at 9:22 am #

    That made me smile 🙂

    • wonderlandbytatu April 20, 2013 at 6:52 am #

      That is to me the whole purpose of sharing! thank you, xxx

  5. memyselfandkids.com April 19, 2013 at 2:30 pm #

    Sweet. I know just what you mean.
    Accepting the child where he/she is is good advice. Sometimes, I forget it.

    • wonderlandbytatu April 20, 2013 at 6:51 am #

      I tend to forget it as well. More often than I’d like to admit.

  6. meditatingmummy April 19, 2013 at 5:26 pm #

    So sweet Tatu, my youngest is very much like that, she will, to this day, tell me where she’s hiding and then cover her mouth with a big oops…mama, I was not supposed to tell you. I love the photo. How adorable to see her Kiki peeking from underneath that curtain. What a lovely way to start my morning.
    Hugs

    • wonderlandbytatu April 20, 2013 at 6:50 am #

      I am glad it made you smile and reminded you of your youngest (how old are yours??) As soon as I saw the kiki peeking out I thought I must capture that: the innocence of a 3 year old!

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