I'm getting around at the moment. I had a guest post on Nursing Freedom about being a Tandem Mama and I'm on the blog roll for the new site Natural Parents Network which looks amazing!
This is my article called "Overdoing It" in the current Otherways magazine-
My first born, much loved though she is, is unfortunately a bit of a “practice child”. Not meaning that we do experiments on her but rather that she is our first everything, so we often learn a lot from her by parenting. And sometimes we learn what not to do by stuffing it up a bit the first time.
Tannah loves those “Buddies” movies with talking dogs in them, they are of the Disney variety and are set in the U.S.A. One of them is about Christmas time and it is by far the red hot favorite. And it led to a lesson-for me.
Tannah told me that she would like us to have snow this Christmas. I told her that it would be summer here and it wouldn't snow.
“Why does it snow where the Santa Buddies live and not here?” she asked.
I was excited. That sounded like a question about something that could involve a trip to the library and strewing some books around. Suddenly it seemed that I could “teach” her about hemispheres and the earth's rotation and so on.
I set to work. First I tried explaining the concept of the equator and the rotation of the earth around the sun. She looked a little confused. Next I went to You Tube and found some awesome short movies on the subject and we watched them and I tried to answer her questions. She lost interest pretty quickly so we left it there.
Except I couldn't. I got some books out and strewed them around. Carefully choosing books where the focus was on pictures not words. No interest. I figured it must have been my explaining that caused her to drop it so quickly. So I set up the torch and a couple of tennis balls in the dark. She loved this! Not for the reason of understanding the earth's rotation around the sun via visual experiments. But because torches and tennis balls in the dark are awesome fun!
I had forgotten one of the many commandments about raining young children. “Thou shalt not give huge long winded answers, thou shalt give short and simple ones and elaborate if asked to”.
A couple of days later Tannah came and said “but I want it to snow at our house on Christmas day!” I said that it wouldn't because it would be summer here at Christmas, not winter like in the movie. She said “why?”.
“Because we are the opposite to the U.S.A when it comes to seasons. When it is summer here it is winter there and when it is winter here it is summer there. It's really hot over there right now.”
And after all the careful thought, tennis balls, torches and You Tube do you know what her answer was?
“Oh OK. Maybe we can just go there for Christmas one year then.”
Too easy huh? I guess I could have just said that in the first place and trusted that she would ask for more information if she wanted it. At least we both learned that tennis balls and torches in dark rooms is great fun!