Tuesday mornings mean.....picking up a "surprise" for Arielle and dropping by to play with the boys while she goes to work at her church. Benny had EXCITING NEWS today....he has a new bicycle helmet and Cory took the training wheels off his bike. Of COURSE we had to finish breakfast and go for a walk/bike ride.
|Check out their expressions|
"Benny, I don't think that's a good idea."
"I can do it..." and he was off.
"Benny, pedal backwards."
"Benny, stop before you reach the street."
We don't say, "Be careful," we give helpful instructions. I must admit, parenting 5 boys, "be careful" became a fall back. We have learned to think of the steps we want them to take rather than telling them to be careful - which gives them a sense of danger but no clear-cut idea of how to deal with it. Later, talking the event over with Arielle she said it is ok to yell, "Stop."
Benny was excited about his accomplishment and thought he'd do it again.
"I didn't hurt my privates!"
This Baachan was perplexed. I told him we were going to play at THIS park and we were not going to go back to the hippo park or ride down the hill again. He agreed.
I do miss having a houseful of little boys...these two haven't started throwing bricks into trees yet...