The other night Skyler was raving about the dinner I cooked and the cookies I made, and just to help her along, I said: "I know! Who is the greatest mommy?!" And she said: "Suzanne and Sandi."
Please notice the lamp and the light switch as well as my mom's sharp teeth.
This week, during our awesome vacation at home, there was a lot of this kind of play:
Reward charts! We are big believers in reward systems for good behavior around here. This is the one we've been using for months in Skyler's room for going to bed nicely. When she has a good night and doesn't come out of her room at bedtime, we move the butterfly (a dressed-up binder clip) up the rainbow. When it gets to the red, she gets a book or new crayons or something. This has been the longest running effective behavior tool yet.
(best for last)
Tonight Skyler was asking me about why I don't need a nightlight or the lights on when I go to sleep. I told her it was because I usually close my eyes right away and it's dark once I do that anyway.
Skyler: "You mean you don't see anything when you close your eyes?"
Me: "Nope. Just dark. Why, what do you see?"
Skyler: "Rock walls."
Me: "Really? You see rock walls?"
Skyler: "Yes, rock walls and other pretty things like trees and people swimming in lakes."
Me: "Wow. Tell me more!"
Skyler: "Well, first there are fuzzy colors, like the Northern Lights. Then after a little while, the rock walls come. And then the trees and the people swimming."