In my naïveté/ignorance, a list has grown of things that I never thought I would have to teach my lovely son. I am not sure if I skipped the books on such things or if I was just so caught up in my adoption process that I didn’t think about the “after” he comes home part of parenting. I mean, I thought about feeding him, disciplining him, getting him into school, and things of that nature, but…here is a beginners list of things that I have learned recently.
1. How to brush teeth. I mean, do you remember when you were taught to brush your teeth? It’s just something that I have “always” known how to do.
2. How to be a friend. While this might seem like a no-brainer. I have found myself (with the input from Miss Debbie and Miss Kelsea) saying phrases like, “Being a good friend means we share!” and “A good friend allows ____________ to be in the front of the line some of the time!” While we all know that we have to teach our kids to share, it’s also about teaching them that one of the reasons we do that is because we want to be a friend. The Bible says—if you want friends, you have to show yourself friendly.
3. How to chew. This might now be the case for some of you, but my son came home at two years old and didn’t know that he had to chew his food. Much of what he was given to eat was very thick broth/stew like! He didn’t have to chew chicken or pasta. He didn’t know that you couldn’t just swallow things like this whole. Along with this goes…
4. No biting. While he did go through a biting phase (which I am told is normal), but I had to stress the difference between chewing your food (see above) and not biting your friends. I frequently used the phrase “Teeth are for food! Not friends!”
5. How to properly wipe your butt after poop! I knew I would have to change diapers but I hadn’t thought through the whole, you are now potty trained and you need to wipe your own butt thing!
6. What the definition of spicy is. Sweet Jesus this one is difficult to explain!
7. We can throw sand at the beach, but not at school or at the playground. It’s just not safe at the park or at school, but on a white sandy beach in Hawaii—sure, go ahead!!!
8. …more to come!