Today was team spirit day at my school. Of course, I had to wear an awesome shirt, so I asked DH if I could borrow one of his hockey jerseys. I didn’t think anything of it, but apparently, LO thought I was stealing. After getting myself dressed, I went to wake LO. She sat up in bed and looked at me quizzically. Then came the interrogation…
“Mommy, that not your shirt!”
“That Daddy shirt.”
“Daddy be mad.”
“You wear your shirt.”
She kept repeating over and over “That NOT your shirt!” I had to bring her to DH so he could tell her it was okay for me to wear the jersey. She kept pointing at me the whole morning. I think she still thinks I stole it.
Show and Tell is one of the things that teachers love and parents usually dread. The kids bring in something from home and parents agonize over whether it will come back home from there. Will someone else have the same thing? Is this what the teacher meant when they said “something to go with this week’s theme”?
Let me put your mind at ease: Show and Tell is not that complicated. It is usually just assigned to get the children to talk about something they are comfortable with/feel passionate about/like. That being said, I have found since becoming a parent that I take Show and Tell crazy to a whole new level.
This week was the letter H at LO’s school. I packed her bag the night before to make sure we had the perfect “H” items. She brought a toy house, a book called “Happy Hippo, Angry Duck” (best book ever, by the way), and was dressed in Hello Kitty from head to toe. I would have also given her a headband but she didn’t want to wear it. I tried.
Yes, this is the crazy teacher mommy in me. But trust me, Show and Tell doesn’t have to be like that. EVER. Even for me.
Last post was all about the things our children learn from us… They learn our mannerisms, and we think it is oh-so-cute when they copy us…
This past week was my MIL and FIL’s anniversary. I decided to make a little video for them and whatever LO said on the video was going to be texted directly to them (don’t you just love modern technology?)
I started the camera (read, iPhone) rolling and said “LO?” and she didn’t even look up from what she was doing… she just said something that sounded an awful lot like “what?”… “Can you say Happy Anniversary?” and she said “ha-ha-ha-ha-ha” and then tried sticking her food up her nose. So, as promised, I sent the video off to MIL and FIL and just for fun to DH too. Five seconds later I get a text back from DH: “She got that from you!” So apparently, our kids really do pick up on the things we do, especially those ones we didn’t really want them to learn. (Just to clarify, I do not stick food up my nose! I assume he was talking about the “what?” when someone says my name. That I definitely do.)
Tonight, however, LO and I went out for mommy and me dinner. DH was out with the boys. We were sitting at dinner, minding our own business. LO was quietly, although messily, eating her dinner and this older couple comes up next to us and sits at their table. LO turns around and sticks her tongue out at them! I don’t mean just a quiet little tongue sticking out of her mouth. I’m talking mouth-wide-open, food-hanging-out, sticking out her tongue. So of course, now I’m trying to explain to the people that I have no idea where she got it from… maybe her father (hey, DH wasn’t there to defend himself – LOVE YOU!) The thing is, she wouldn’t stop doing it. I have never seen her do that before and I know that neither DH and I have taught her that. So where did she learn it from!?