Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Another Birthday (And a Reminder That Terrible Twos* Are a Mere Walk in the Park Compared to the Next Bit)
Hooley Cadooley. You’d reckon third time ’round I’d have the parenting of small peeps vaguely sussed – at least in a generalised sort of fashion? Nup. Today a birthdaying (no longer two and eleven twelfths and a bit) kid, turned three with gusto. A tantrumming gusto that peaked and troughed and then soared – possibly beyond the Everest-esque heights set by the eldest, who, in her hey day, could hissy fit into a faint.
Now that the day is done and the house quiet, all I can do is thank goodness for the liberal use of craft glue. The birthday kid scored a wooden treehouse and over the weekend I had crafted up a family of Steiner-style gnomes who remarkably survived the day.
Steiner dolls generally sport quite neutral facial expressions – or go entirely without. The theory behind this, is that it allows a kid their own freedom of expression. A grumpy child (just as an example, plucked from, er, thin air) is free to express the ‘grump’ and not have their mood imposed through a shiny, smily faced doll. Regardless of whether one holds stock in this theory, I can confirm that all five gnomes stood up to doting attention as well as episodes of hell hath no fury (two of them were cooked).
Time to put the feet up and breathe in some calm, ready for a new day. A non-birthday day. A normal sort of day with routine and rhythm and AN AFTERNOON SNOOZE...
* In my limited experience
PS. For local readers interested in the treehouse – it was purchased for a most excellent bargain from Honey Bee toys. Apparently there are two or three remaining where there is a minor fault with a few of the handcarved wooden pieces, (so the treehouse is purchased already constructed) and the price tag is greatly reduced...
PPS. Wintry look (scarf) courtesy of House of Christie