Friday, 30 March 2012
Not only, but also
THE GIRL ONE
A couple of conversations that made me smile yesterday.
Me: Let's tidy up the Lego.
Matilda, sitting astride the bannister: Knights don't rangent [tidy up]. Knights go only on horses.
Me: Do knights not play with Lego?
Matilda: A little bit.
Me: So, are you coming to tidy up Sir Matilda?
After both she and Owen splashed water all over the table by punching their fists up and down in their glasses.
Matilda: Sorry it was an accident.
Me: It was not, you did it on purpose.
Matilda: I'm sorry that it was on purpose. There was plenty of purpose.
THE BOY ONE
I am trying to give Owen a bit more space. It's difficult to walk the right line regarding safety. How much supervision is enough without being smothering? How little supervision is sufficient without being negligent? I err on the side of danger, children need a bit of danger. I think the best way to make a child responsible is to trust them. So now I let Owen and Matilda go upstairs on their own to play (hope Fanf doesn't read this, I know he doesn't wholly approve). And I have started to leave Owen downstairs on his own when I have my shower. We have never baby-proofed our house, I hate the very idea, the minibeasts know what they can and can't touch. I usually stick some music or a story on (so I won't hear the screams...) and leave him to it. Earlier in the week I came down freshly abluted to find him sitting in the armchair just listening to the CD and today I found him like this:
On the sofa, surrounded by books and flipping through the pages. That's my boy.