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Monday, December 11, 2006

Well Trained

It occurred to us last night that The Toddler has used the 17 months that she's been with us to train us very well. MHW, OYS and OYD and I were eating dinner with TT when she began to give us signals.

First, she put her hands on her head. This, of course, meant that she expected us to sing "Head and Shoulders Knees and Toes".

She then put her two index fingers and thumbs together, signifying her desire for us to sing "The incy weensy spider".

Finally, she pointed her index finger to the sky and (much to Dovbear's chagrin) expected us to sing, "Hashem is Everywhere".

From there she put her hands up, a clear sign for "Oh Mr. Sun, Sun, Mr. Golden Sun".

In each case, she insisted that each of us participate. During each song, she looked around the table and if anyone was not singing, she signaled directly to the recalcitrant member of the family and said, "Uh, Uh" until he or she joined in.

TT will be giving parenting classes in the very near future.



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