A and I have been having a great summer: lots of fun, better sleep, and nice weather. When it's just the two or three of us, it's great, but A has entered a new phase that makes some social interactions a bit awkward... He pushes women away. It doesn't matter if he knows them or not, he wants nothing to do with them and makes these punching gestures towards them if they so much as try to talk to him! The only ones that he accepts are me, my mom, and his babysitter.. Most men are OK, he'll sometimes seek their attention, and is always ready to laugh with them.
I was talking about it with another mom who has two boys and she says her boys went through the same thing. Her explanation is that they are entirely satisfied with their mom (yey!) and think that the other women are trying to take her place, so they push them away. I think it makes total sense! I also think that men are usually better at playing, and little ones respond to that well.
As with everything else, it's a phase and we'll just wait it out and explain to him that it's not the best way to interact with other people, and I'll just keep apologizing to all the women that cross our path and have the bad idea of trying to say hi to a cute toddler... In the meantime, I'm not sure how he'll deal with his two female teachers when he starts preschool in a couple weeks... oops!
Have you ever had to deal with that kind of reaction in your child? How did you deal with it?
Monday, August 22, 2011
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
|how many thunder sticks does one need?|
|Aren't we the happy family?|
|getting on the TGV|
|quite the little traveler|
After that, we headed back to Paris, visited family and friends, and then spent a few days in the countryside, at my mom's best friend's place (she also happens to be my girlfriend's mom... ) so it was the three generations together. A still has a few social skills to learn, but overall he had a good time with my friend's daughter, who's just a few months younger than him,
It was a great trip, A saw and enjoyed many new things, made new friends and I got a chance to actually spend some time with my friends instead of seeing them one night in a year. I hope we can do it again next year. In the meantime, we have great memories to enjoy!
Saturday, August 6, 2011
Here are A's favorite things about Paris, in no particular order:
- the buses
- the metro (which he, at first, named "tchoo-tchoo in the night", before switching the "metro")
- the taxis
- the camions-poubelles (garbage trucks)
- the busy traffic ("regarder voitures encore!")
- the parks
- the "maneges" (merry-go-rounds -- they are everywhere: parks, street corners, etc... a great incentive to go out)
- the bread
- pains au chocolat and brioches
My favorite things about being in Paris with A?
- Taking him to the parks where I played as a child, watching him ride the same "maneges" I rode.
- Having him taste the great fresh foods and the amazing stuff boulangeries have to offer.
- Seeing him play with my childhood friends' children.
- a major plus: kids- even toddlers! -can ride the maneges on their own in France, so you can actually get a break while they have fun (why can't we have that here???)
here are a few pictures of A in Paris:
|this manege is in the Champs de Mars, it's manual wind-up carousel|
|the kids get a little stick and they have to catch rings on it|
|A was just happy to hit the ring-holder|
|a modern "manege"|
|same one, different car|
|yet another manege|
|A walking in "les Tuilleries"|
Next post: week 2: Brittany