Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Wait Your Turn

My kids are fairly good at taking turns, probably about as good as any pair of siblings under five who spend darn near close to every single breathing moment of their lives within ten feet of one another. They exercise the "Eeny-Meeny-Miney-Moe" strategy; they've picked straws; they've mastered "Rock, Paper, Scissors;" and, on occasion, one of them will offer to go second out of mere kindness.

The one realm of turn-taking, however, that they can't seem to master is when it comes time to wash their hands. It could be the perception that whoever washes first gets to eat first, but since neither one of them is all that fond of mealtime, I can't imagine that's the reason it's so difficult. Regardless, there have been many tears and many shoves when the dinner bell rings and the children rush to the sink-side step ladder.

Enter photographs on popsicle sticks. Problem solved. We wash hands according to whose picture is in front. After hands are washed, the pictures are rearranged for the next turn. Peace reigns!

1 comment:

  1. Hello dear Krista,
    I would like to comment on the other article of yours "disappearance of preschoolers " :). And as I couldn't find you contacts, I'm going to leave my comment in here.

    Even though, I reside in another part of the world -Europe and Asia, I could not agree with you more- parents nowadays are over committed to the preschool as an early education center. To my humble opinion, the preschool serves only the
    purpose of over rated babysitter, when parents are too busy with their personal/business/education life. Several years, I have worked as human resources specialist and coacher, which basically, means teacher. And I have reached to a conclusion, that any educated and willing person has capabilities within to teach their kids major life lessons. Lets take any early years educational system and examine it. Montessori preschool curriculum. Sensorial and music development of a student (we practice at home on every day basis). Language and art. My kid love sand letters methods and art is her favorite home lesson. Culture and science. We live in such a diversified cultural environment, that it's a natural way of life rather then a plan. Science. In this field, I must admit, we don't do experiments at home, but we do watch nature a Lot and learn from it. Finally, the practical life lessons. I'm hands-on mother in every aspect of it. My kids cook with me, clean after themselves, as much as their capable at the age of 3 and 1 :) and they smell, They touch and just scroll around in the house. I personally think, that my kids will have 12 years at school for developing their communication skills, building friendships and achieving their academical potential. That what the school is for. And for the first few years of children life, they really do need love, appreciation, fun, unsupervised learning and family around them to build in character and sense of stability.
    I wish I could know you and your family better. I'm stay at home (educated) mom, who loves taking care of her family and home. I have 3 year old stubborn and sweet like jam daughter. And my son is going to be 1 year old soon. I'm not sending them to preschool, nor I'm going to do so. I represent minority (of ladies who do not want to give their kids away) in my community, as well.
    Thank you for your insights on pre schooling. And many regards to your family.