My 3 year old is full of funny statements-as most are at this age. I have to say, I’m often very proud of my little guy when people give him something like food, drinks, or a toy. He almost always says thank you-or no thank you for that matter.
But for whatever reason, when we go somewhere-like to someone’s pool for a swim; when we are leaving and he’s asked to say thank you (for swimming in their pool) he won’t. And it’s a fight to get him to say it. Most likely it’s because-when he get’s a physical item he knows he’s expected to say thank you, or no thank you. However, when it’s an activity, he’s not quite there yet to understand that is also what he expected to say.
So on the way home from an afternoon of swimming, I was explaining this concept to him, and he said the best thing a mom could ever hope for… “Ok mom, I’ll try my best.”
And I wanted to freeze time, because-that’s all every mom ever hopes for, is their child’s best… and just when did he stop being my little boy and start growing up.
To those of you with newborns who are wishing the sleepless nights and endless hours of rocking your baby away… it goes by so quickly… one day we’ll wish for an opportunity to come back to this time, when they were little and still needed us (and wanted us for that matter.)