This is my favorite thing about being around a toddler learning to speak. For better or for worse, Princess A is teaching us about ourselves. Looking back I am shocked that I was shocked that some of her first words were Freckles, puppy, sit, hat, shoes, and now hot. I say these words probably 100 times a day.
She also puts stuffed dogs in her doll stroller, kisses animals more than people, and doesn’t like to leave the house without a fedora and shades. I wonder where she got these habits from? I have now learned the only way to get her to do something is for me to do it because she loves to copy me. Yesterday, I ate a tofu salad. She looked very interested and said please. I thought for sure she would spit it out because babies don’t like healthy food! I gave her a bite and she said “mmmmmmmmm”. I shared the rest of my tofu salad with her and this made her very happy.
This is a good and bad. I am no longer able be a bad example EVER. The days of eating an ice cream cone behind her while I push the stroller are over. If I am eating an ice cream cone she doesn’t care if it’s right before dinner… she wants one too RIGHT NOW. How can I say you can’t have ice cream before dinner but I can and I will eat it right in front of you? I don’t think Princess A would buy this.
Also, the fact that Princess A wants to be like me is such good parenting tool and I want to use it for good not for evil so to speak. The Husband and I are very excited because we are taking family yoga together this fall. Yoga makes me feel so good. I wish I started it when I was younger because it is truly a lifelong sport. I did yoga when I was 9 months pregnant and I see people in their 90s taking yoga classes all the time. I hope Princess A copies my love of yoga.
Hopefully, this is one of the activities of mine that she will copy. What habits do you have that you would hate for your child to imitate and what do you want your kid to copy?