We’ve got a 3 year old, who will turn 4 next week. Other than the child-boss, we’ve got me, the mom and him, the dad, all living under the same roof.
This segment is brought to you by the failing parents association.
Starring: Me (mummy), R (the child) and Him (Papa)
We have a clear screen time policy, oh sorry, wait, I meant, we HAD a clear screen time policy – only an hour a day. Now, this is how our screen time policy works:
R: Mommy!! Is it ipad time yet?
Me: You cant watch ipad as soon as you wake up!!! Don’t you know the rules???
(R is really clever and chills on the bed until 9:25 am, and I have my morning meeting about to start in 5 mins)
R: Mummy!! I’m hungry! I want to brush now! I want to change into my princess dwess!! Now! Now!
Me: Just watch your ipad sweetheart! Until mummy finishes her morning meeting!
R: Are you sure mummy?
Me: Ignores and lets her watch ipad for the next hour and a half (sigh) Point R.
We also follow a balanced diet routine for our daughter. A diet that consists of a variety of fruits, vegetables, pulses, meat, carbs. We include variety in cuisine too, being global citizens and avid travelers, we don’t want her to be a fussy eater. It was an added effort, not for us, but the cook. This is how our diet plan looks now:
Lunch: Rice/Roti with daal, most probably yesterday’s daal because we didn’t have time to cook. (R loves it by the way)
Snacks: Grapes and chips/cookies/chocolate (R is in her personal heaven..now if only mummy could arrange for some fries..grrr)
Dinner: Pasta/Noodles with as little veggies as possible, because who the hell is going to cut all those veggies man?!! Point R again.
We believe in instilling creativity and inspirational learning for our child. That’s why she went to a Montessori based child care and pre school. Education should be fun after all. But children should also pick up skills very early in life – its a competitive world. This is how fun and creative learning at home looks like now:
Me: Papa, can you ask her to write 1-10 and A-Z in different color pens please??
Him: Umm, darling, we’ve run out of pens
Me: Use the crayons then!
Him: Cough, we’ve run out of paper..
R: Papa!!! Can you make my stuff toy animal talk instead? (Does she have secret hearing abilities??)
Mom and Papa play pretend all day long. At least she’ll learn good housekeeping skills? 😀
We also are becoming excellent at switching our brains between that of a 4 year old and that of a 40 year old professional 😀
We’re parents with very low expectations and demands from our child really (cough, ahem). So sleep is really important for us. I meant sleeping well for the child. So we can Netflix and chill. Naps are absolute must. And she needs to be in bed by 10 pm every night.
R: I WONT SLEEP!! EVER!!! AAAAARRRRRAAAAAAAHHH (while running around like a maniac in the house because she knows mom and dad are sitting and doing work on their laptops.
Him at 11 pm in the night: I give up. I’m going to sleep. You can stay awake and do whatever you want.
R: Really??!!! Best day ever!!! (and being even more hyperactive by now)
Me: Making dagger eyes at him , which say, take her to bed and make her sleep, because I will go insane if I don’t get my reading time in!!
Him: R! Come to bed, Ill tell you two stories 🙂
R: No! I’ll only come to sleep if you tell me 100 stories!
He sighs, and I wonder, maybe she’ll make a great lawyer? Hopes..
Point Me and Point R. Papa looses 😀 😉