Every grandparent will say they have the best grandsons or daughters. For me, I have the best grandsons ever. Aiden is three and Ayir is 11 months (and another grandson on the way). They are both at the age of "mines, mines, mines" yet I was able to teach Aiden how to share with his younger brother, who likes to tag along and roll all over him. Aiden and I talked about how his brother is a baby and wants to do what Aiden does. Aiden’s frustrated face was replaced with a big brother smile as he said...
“oh he want to be like me, but I don’t want him to play with me, I want to play by myself.” As he set up his toys and Ayir grabbed for one. I asked him to let his brother play with whatever he grabs, and explained that Ayir is exploring and will probably drop the toy in a couple of seconds. Ayir dropped the toy and crawled to the other side of the room. When he crawled back to Aidens' toys there was no fuss when Ayir grabbed a toy. Frustration resolved with a calm two minute conversation.
Aiden is used to having everything his way when with me. We play games, explore nature, museums, and communities together. We read “The Three Little Pigs” with visual emergent curriculum activities for one of my class projects. I purchased a play dough three little pigs interactive story kit (from Wal-Mart). I showed him how to use the molds once and now he plays with the play dough interactive kit and other molds (from Toys_R-Us) by himself.
Aiden and his dad are also working on building a house from wooden sticks (Dollar Store).
Ayir thinks he is supposed to do everything we do. He, like Aiden, started walking at eleven months, but Ayir may be a bit more advanced then Aiden. Ayir can say Nanna, Mom, MomMom, Dad, Elmo, and will try to repeat what he hears. He Loves the book “Baby Faces” and most anything Elmo.
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