It’s just nice to sit back & spend a little mid-week morning time with the family, or half the family even when all around you screams that there's more important & urgent things going on. Once a week, turn off phone/computer/radio, & devote an hour with my little 2 year in teaching her the art of etiquette & conversation.
Last year I came across an article from New York where in our modern times ‘Experts say that technologies such as texting have impaired children's ability to conduct polite conversations, and that the culture of helicopter parenting is producing an overindulged, inconsiderate generation who lack the wherewithal to behave appropriately.’ Teaching Children the Art of Lost Manners
It’s become a part of our weekly routine & this week over some Lemon/Passionfruit Butter/ Vegemite toast we shared her week that was. I actually look forward to our little meetups & our breakfast hot topics of conversations covered were but not limited to;
- Show & tell & blame, where ‘dog-push-me-over-and-broke-my-knee, elbow, foot...’
- Discussions on her recent drawings of garden insects & marine life
- Why Daddy has to work & I don't work....(will be working on that one again)
- Hair Styles - 'I have curly hair, Mummy has straight hair, Mac has short hair….etc’
- And notably her breaking into song over her ‘my best pet incy wincy’ – referring to her love of the big black deadly looking spider that lives between the glass & the fly wire at the kitchen sink window.
All in all, there’s not much really good gossip covered, but it is a good chance to perfect her table manners, refining her cutlery/crockery skills, polish her tea techniques & her polite-ish conversation. Gee.....at this rate I just may even be able to take her out in public soon.