This painting hangs over our dining table, so our toddler has plenty of opportunities to dissect this art piece. Among the many observations he’s given (“There’s a black triangle on the left,” or “How many bells do you see?”) include counting the men and women in the painting. Or in his case, the mamas and daddies. For a while he had been giving the right answer: “Five daddies and four mamas!”
But for some reason he thinks giving the wrong answer is the most hilarious thing ever. First he switched the numbers: “Five mamas and four daddies,” then this evolved to “Fifty-five daddies and forty-four mamas” until apparently he thought the painting could use way more women than men: “Fifty-five daddies and forty-four thousand mamas!” And of course he would giggle hysterically after each wrong answer.
He does the same with counting magnets. He’ll lay out five magnets and, pointing to each one as he goes, first count correctly: “One… two… three… four… five.” I suppose my praise isn’t hilarious enough because at the next try he’ll count: “One… two… three… (skip a magnet…) four!” and conveniently forget to point to one of them. I love how the littlest things make toddlers bust up laughing.
Meanwhile, here are some links from around the web:
- First, The LA Times talked about how many preschoolers don’t play outside with mom or dad every day. The author cites a study that said that kids who spend at least an hour a day outdoors with their parents benefit more than those who don’t. She feels that kids can still benefit from the outdoors even if they’re in day care or with child care providers, and that the time spent outdoors doesn’t always have to be with parents.
- The NY Times published an article called The danger of not talking to your children about race. The author encourages parents to talk to children even from a young age about the reality that race plays in our society. I have no plans to shy away from this topic with my toddler once he’s a little bit older. It’s imperative to realize that we do have differences and that sometimes things are unfair. We also need to celebrate, be proud of and respect our cultures.
- And finally, Heather from The Spohrs are Multiplying wrote a beautiful yet painful post called Forgetting. She tragically lost her 17 month old daughter and now writes about how she’s afraid she’ll forget her. I still can’t imagine the emotions she went and is going through.