7/10/12

Eli learns his shapes

I have had a lot of thoughts about parenting swirling around my mind lately. Since entering the parent scene I've realized how many parents are in a race to get their child to a certain point.

I'm not sure who, we as parents are racing or what point we are trying to get our child to, but it seems to be a natural trap that we fall into. I desperately want to find the perfect balance of working with Eli and teaching him what he needs to know while also maintaining a realistic sense of his age and his abilities and not rushing him through his childhood years that go so fast as it is.

I want to savor every moment and milestone without looking back and realizing I was so focused on getting him to the next step that I didn't enjoy his current step. I have a feeling it will be a constant learning process.

 I never want to fall into the ugly and deceitful trap of comparing Eli to other kids. He is Eli Tree. There is none like him. And this video of Eli "learning his shapes" is a prime example of his unique and beautiful personality.

 

 Eli is obviously a gentle soul who is close to becoming a prodigy child.

 We have gotten a good laugh out of this video, and I will let it serve as a reminder that if I ever want to "show off" my child it will come back to bite me.

 We are still working on our shapes.....and temper control.

25 comments:

  1. i am CRACKING up! that sweet boy has so much personality. he did NOT want you to help him with his shapes. so funny!!

    you know i agree with you. but hudson LOVED to learn. all he ever wanted to do was puzzles and shapes and he repeated every single thing we said.

    and now we have the complete opposite child in hayes who just wants to walk around all day and smile at us. he won't sit to read and certainly can't put any shapes where they go and doesn't want to try or even look at the toy. so we don't really try with him. we talk to him and hope that someday he'll decide to talk, too. :)

    but putting pressure on the child and having set times of day where you work on certain "skills" and "subjects" just doesn't seem appropriate for a little one that age. if they want to play with shapes then they'll find the shapes and play.

    hope that makes sense? basically i'm saying that i agree with you and we should all just follow our child's lead and be ready to teach them if they want it.

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  2. Too funny! I hear ya. I haven't been in the mommy realm as long as you have, but it's sure hard not to start comparing and pushing your child to develop faster. I'm glad they know when to remind us to just cool it and let them be ;-)

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  3. I seriously jus laughed out loud and had to watch the video 3 times! I laugh because I am going through the EXACT same thing with my son! He is almost 16 months old and can get so angry at things! I have been a little worried lately because my husband and I are really mellow, calm people and then we have this really strong willed/crazy child! I love everything about him, I just want to make sure that he grows up to be a sweet, polite man! We can only hope and do our best, right?!?

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  4. This is seriously the funniest thing EVER! Oh my word....you are so right, and I fell into that trap when my children were small. With these grands, I just love them and point them to Jesus. The End. :)

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  5. I am CRACKING UP! My son is a few months younger than Eli and would do the EXACT same thing ;) Thanks for the laugh this morning!

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  6. This is so hilarious!! Thanks for sharing!!!

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  7. you know i love this! hilarious!! and if it makes you feel any better, libbi learned all of her letters and numbers by watching a dvd. i didn't teach her a single one. and even worse... i have a teaching degree! how's that for a stellar mom? ;-)

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  8. I think Eli and my son would get along quite well. Thanks for the laugh :)

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  9. So funny. My son has a horrible temper so I understand that. It's so great that you have a realistic view of parenting. I have a friend who is constantly bragging on how smart, funny, advanced, mature, athletic, etc. her girls are. She is always signing them up for modeling competitions and every activity under the sun. They are the sweetest little girls but sometimes I feel like telling her to reign it in. and don't worry too much about teaching (or not teaching) Eli stuff. I'm a teacher and if weren't for the fact tht Andrew goes to preschool he would learn nothing. He would go to kindergarten knowing zilch.

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  10. loved this and appreciate your opinion on this. I find myself comparing my daughter to others and am constantly worried that she is behind! This is definitely something I am working on!

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  11. Hahaha this has me laughing so hard!!

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  12. This made me laugh SO HARD. I have a feisty little fellow just like this at my house. Thanks for being real!

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  13. HAHA!! that was adorable, and totally reminded me of my 15 month old.

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  14. I just laughed so hard!! And JM has made me watch the video 3 more times!

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  15. My kids watched the video and were cracking up...It is all to familiar to us :)

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  16. Have watched the video twice. Loved it! He is adorable!

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  17. That is the funniest video ever!!!!

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  18. This seriously cracks me up!

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  19. This is hilarious! Mostly because I feel your pain! My son loves to throw things right now and does the same sream/squeal!

    Eli is such a cutie!

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  20. Oh my gosh Megan this is hilarious! You know what it is don't you?? His little Indian temper coming out in him. Don't worry- Wyatt does the same!

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  21. Your tone vs. his is cracking me up over here.

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  22. I am literally rolling on the floor. You are so hilarious. :). Thanks for the laugh, Megan. Off to read aloud your post to Ross and show him this video. Ha. So cute.

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