I know know how to…
…be a good girl.
All common phrases out of Adi’s mouth these days. We’ve given her demonstrations, oral how-to books, and reinforced when she HAS been able to do these things.
“What CAN you do? Have you asked her that?” Dawn said as I finished recapping our bedtime shenanigans from the night before.
Brilliant. What would she say? Would this end the endless whining about what she can’t do?
When I first asked Adi, “what can you do?” as a response to one of her “I don’t know how to…” statements, she hesitated for a second, thrown off by the question. Then she responded, “I know how to be kind. I know how to share with my friends.”
Maybe Dawn was onto something.
Tonight at bedtime, right after she said, “I don’t know how to sleep (which actually sounded more like sweep),” I asked again… what she knew how to do.
“Eat and draw pigeons.” A few seconds later, she added to the list, “I also know how to be kind to everyone…except my family.”
“That’s two things. Plus, you’ve been pretty kind to Rose,” I reminded her.
“I hit her today.”
Thanks to Dawn for helping us to switch up the dialogue! This is life with my soon to be five year old middle child. Never a dull moment.