When I'm doing this, paying attention that is, I'm really really good at answering Beck and Peyton's questions. That's how we ended up studying and learning about motorcycle sidecar racing. I like to take their questions and interest-of-the-day and find activities and learning opportunities. The days when I'm not doing it-when I'm preoccupied with cleaning (or shopping or the radio or the computer or a book or just myself) are always the days when I let myself be annoyed and the kids get bored, having taken my cues perfectly.
I'm trying harder each day to listen to the questions my kids are asking me. Step into my world today:
"Mama, how are seals and walruses the same?"
"Where do they live?"
"Can I go see them?"
"And what about polar bears?"
"Why do they swim in cold water?"
"Can't they swim in warm water?"
"Do hospitals use red and white?"
"So, then, that helicopter is going to the hospital?"
"Can I have strawberries?"
"Can I have the mango things in the freezer?"
"Can I have a banana?"
"Can I have a graham cracker?"
"When is Daddy coming home?"
"Does he know I miss him?"
"What are capers?" I needed them for a recipe, but then decided not to buy them when I saw the price. Two aisles further through the store Beck was picking up everything at eye level asking, "Is this capers?" After explaining that he was holding jalapenos or salsa or tuna fish, I realized I needed to take him back to the aisle with capers and introduce them to him.
It was inconvenient. I was a little annoyed. But it was an important moment where I could choose to be a grumpy lady shopping with a boy or I could be my son's mom, teaching him something he wanted to know. We're having capers tonight for dinner.
What questions did you answer for your kids today?