Saturday, June 23, 2012

Quote of the day: 32 months

Jakob woke up this morning and he raised his voice at his dad saying,

"You talk to me, Dad. It's really important."

And he continued to tell some story which he thought it was "really important".

a friend's birthday party

Yesterday, Jakob went to his friend's birthday party. He was so excited to receive his invitation, get ready to go to the party, and organise the present.  As soon as we went there, there were many fun activities that the lucky birthday girl's parents prepared. I thought I didn't have to worry about his birthday party for a while, but I am figuring out I was quite wrong. The other day I clearly observed that he was waiting for his turn. He was telling me whom he was going to invite. Gosh, time goes quickly. I still think it is not necessary. I have nothing against celebration, but I think organising a party for kids can be tricky in some ways. Are you having a party for yourself or the kids? Is it perfectly normal to accept presents from your guests? Also is it alright to attend the party without a present when the host says not to? then how much do you think it is appropriate to spend for a 3 years old? Aren't you buying a present for on behalf of your kid? After all, you do what you want. I still find it a bit tricky because whatever I decide, there is a possibility that i can somehow jeopardise Jakob's friendship or mine over a kid's birthday party. How absurd is that?  

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

baking with a two years old...

I found this interesting recipe somewhere and told myself I must try it. I bought all the ingredients awhile ago, but it took me more than a week to make a use of them. Jakob came down with ANOTHER kind of cold, and we were running out of things to do at home. So I decided to become a bit ambitious (while for some people it doesn't require them to be like I am) and suggested to Jakob, "How about we make some pumpkin scones, son?" By no surprise, my curious and active two years old son responded me with a super positive answer to this question. "Yes, we make some cake, mum!"

It was not the first time we baked something, and I knew clearly what I signed up for. When you read any parenting books or magazines, it is not difficult to find a list of things to do with your kid at home. One of them is always "baking with your kid". It is definitely a great idea, but the real scene at home is not as beautiful as what you have seen or imagined of. I tell the toddler to mix the dry ingredients, he will surely mix well. But does he/she stop when you say that is enough? Well, it varies between the kids. Mine didn't. Does he/she let you "help" him/her? Mine believed that everything was under control, and he refused to have any help from me.

Nevertheless, we still managed to have about twenty pumpkin scones at the end today. Very delicious ones. It made this morning somewhat special or different than other mornings. I think it is a great activity with your kid, as long as you don't forget that the person you are working with is only two or less.