There is something funny going on in this house. Not funny “ha ha” but funny “weird” or “strange” or “peculiar”. But in a good way.
Ever since Ben turned 4 I have had very few issues with him. He’s been pleasant, happy, easy, responsible, independent, and very, very chatty. He needs to incessantly talk about this and that and absorbs new information like a sponge. I can barely keep up with his thirst for knowledge.
As a result, my house is even more of a disaster than usual. I have no time to get anything accomplished because he wants to learn (um, talk) about everything. Take last night. He wanted to go through chapter after chapter in his Mighty Machine encyclopedia. We read about race cars, motorbikes and finally trucks and diggers. It was past 8 pm and I really, really, REALLY wanted just a little silence, but he looked so sad, holding his huge book under his arm, unwilling to read the book himself. “But mom, if you don’t want to talk about it, then I don’t want to read this by myself”.
His behaviour is rubbing off on Sonja. Sort of. I mean, relatively speaking. She’s 17 months old and a real handful at the moment, but luckily, she likes to copy things. If she copies good things, all the better. If Ben helps me unload the dishwasher (without me asking), she comes and helps too. If Ben insists on setting the table himself, she’s there. If he hears the dog scratch at the door, he runs to let him in, and she follows him. If he folds his pjs and places them on the foot of his bed in the morning, she messes it up…oops, there you go. Toddler.
Speaking of clothes. Ben has copied MY behaviour when it comes to placing his clothes for school on the foot of the bed every night. He now insists on choosing his own clothes and getting them ready for the next day. All on his own.
How long with this last? Will it last?
I tried to explain to Sonja one time during one of her tirades how proud we are of Ben’s independence, and he told her “that’s because mommy and daddy are teaching me”.
Now THAT is just music to my ears!