Thursday, April 10, 2008

Playing Putt-putt

So last night, since it is Spring Break, we took the students to Mountasia- a place with putt-putt, bumper boats, go-karts, ect. And we took Caleb with us and decided to try putt-putt. What fun we had!

We began the course with Caleb throwing Mommy's golf ball into the waterfall, sending Daddy back inside for a new ball! We barely stopped him from throwing his own ball! Then we worked on hitting the ball with the club (which we ended up call a "stick!"). Caleb did a great job hitting the ball off of the mat, but then he cried with joy, "Caleb get it!" and he ran down the green after his ball and grabbed it up. Then he dropped the ball into the hole and cheered for himself. Next we watched Daddy hit his ball, and of course, Caleb cried with joy, "Caleb get it!" and he grabbed up Daddy's ball and dropped it into the hole with applause. Needless to say, we did not keep score. But we had a wonderful time. Oh the joys that our children bring us.


What do you think of Caleb's form?



This is the first hole- see the pond on the left? That's where Mommy's ball went!



What happed to my ball?? This is what Caleb did at every hole!



Noah wants to play!


He had a good time too!

Sharing

Raising a 2 year old sure is interesting! Just recently Caleb has become very fond of the word "Mine" when playing with friends. He and his cousin Hayden, who have always played so well together, spent their last playdate fighting over toys. And so we have really been working on the concept of sharing.

It is a hard concept to teach. And as we try to talk to Caleb about sharing, the thought crosses my mind, "Can he really understand what we are saying? Are we just wasting our breath here?" Maybe the concept of sharing is too complex, maybe when they fight over a truck, we should just find a second truck so they can both have one. But the other night, something precious happened. Jack and I were putting Caleb to bed and we both were hugging him and we starting "fighting" over him saying, "My Caleb!" We were all laughing and having fun and then Caleb stopped and said, "Mommy and Daddy share Caleb."

At first we thought this was so cute. But the more we thought about it we realized that it was not only cute, but every empowering for us as parents. You mean, what we teach Caleb and say to him actually gets in that little head of his? He actually understands what it means to share! Of course, understanding sharing and actually doing it are two different things! And so the parenting continues.....