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Can I say my daughter rocks?<br><br>
(Warning: airsickness bags probably necessary)<br><br>
So we get home from the women's center picnic and shopping at the co-op, and it's late, and my throat's killing me. So instead of reading a story we watch some TV, and it's 20/20's Earth Day special. Dd's 3, so we haven't been too complex with the chemistry, there, but we have lots of talk about the earth getting too hot and what electricity is and other things like that. She has some good ideas about conservation, and a while ago suggested we get electricity from lightning instead of oil. (This is not her fault. I write and edit K-12 science texts.)<br><br>
So we're talking about Earth Day as they show segments, and there's a lot of flashing lightning before their segment on inexhaustible energy sources. What's that? she says, and since I thought they were going to do a segment on someone trying to collect lightning charges, I told her they thought her idea about lightning was a good one. And oh my God, I had no idea these sentiments existed in 3-year-olds, but her eyes got wide like she'd got a letter from the Nobel Committee. "They like my idea?" And for the next 20 minutes, "They thought I had a good idea. They're going to use it. They like me because I'm a good girl." As other energy sources get discussed, she gets kind of territorial and dismisses them immediately. "They should use my idea instead. It's the best." (We had some gentle reminders that they're actually all good ideas, and all useful.)<br><br>
We have some social modulation to do and, down the line, the external-approval conversations, but she'll do OK on the tenure track, I think. Well, maybe we should leave out the modulation & convos if that's where she's headed.<br><br>
Seriously, this kind of cozy teaching and talking was the kind of stuff I thought about when I first really considered having kids. It's wonderful. That and this morning, playing in the backyard, raking up thatch and putting it in the composter, rolling around and being silly under the apple tree I'd bought in the midst of stbx's hideous summer of breakdown and hospitalizations. The apple blossoms are coming out, and we talked about pollination. (And no, she's not ready yet for <i>A Wrinkle In Time</i>.)
 

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Nice! That sort of thing is also what I had dreamed about with kids. Not quite there yet with DS (he's almost 3)....tonight he told me, while playing with trains, "it takes a lot of spit to make a noise like a steam engine." <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/biglaugh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="laugh">:<br><br>
Although, about 6 months ago he observed, while brushing his teeth, "teeth are like bones. I'm brushing the bones of my teeth."
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">(And no, she's not ready yet for <i>A Wrinkle In Time</i>.)</div>
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She is if you are reading it to her every night. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I am beaming with pride for you. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/loveeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Loveeyes">:<br><br><br>
I have the older two kiddos (8 & 10), and we read chapter books every night. (well most nights.. sometimes soccer gets in the way) We are currently on the third book of the Uglies series. The two year old hangs out and listens to the story as well. I will admit, he is more interested when reading captn hook or treasure Island, but he has quietly played or sat in my lap for over a year now of story time with the older kids.<br><br>
Yes, the older kids are capable of reading on their own, this is just a bed time routine that <b><i>I</i></b> am not ready to give up.
 

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nice <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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