As your babies grow into increasingly independent little people, it can be easy to forget that they are watching, listening and absorbing what you say and do. Sometimes it’s a loudly exclaimed, “Jesus Christ!” or perfectly inflected, “Oh. My. God” that reminds you that little pitchers do indeed have big ears.
Thankfully, it’s not always the negative that is absorbed. Tonight we observed Daniel roll his tow truck over to his “star fish” behavior chart and proceed to go through each item with his tow truck, meting out his judgment along the way. It was adorable to see Daniel assume the role of the parent and use phrases with his tow truck that we had used with him: “you were a little distracted” for example.
We’ve been doing the behavior chart nightly for months, and we have seen it make a difference. Daniel is more conscientious and understands what we expect of him; having a tangible, visible score helps.
When you have those days or weeks in which you feel you do so much wrong as a parent, it is sweet to see moments reflected that are positive and show you are having the intended impact.