Friday, September 16, 2016

Mama, you have to share!

When I was pregnant with Jimmy, we had a book that we would read regularly to Ellie, called "Share". It was a story designed to teach children how to share, and it was done in a really lovely way, with scenarios that children could relate to (and boy can I relate to them now!). Just as an aside, but pre-children, never in my life would I have thought I'd have to measure and weigh out cereal to ensure peace and equality, now I do it without thinking.

Anyway, the lessons from the book have stuck and now the constant refrain around the house is, "... but mama, you have to share!" when I try to hide my nice things away from small children!

I was cleaning out my closet recently, and had set aside a pile of clothes that no longer fit the same. Ellie happened to spy an old pair of pyjamas that she liked. They were nice ones and there was nothing wrong with them so I told her I'd cut them down to her size for her.
Honestly, with my rudimentary sewing skills, by the time I was done unpicking hems, ripping out stitches and pinning it all back together, it would have been much faster to use the material and start again from scratch. I suppose that's not the point though is it! Essentially, I shortened the legs, and brought in the outside hems, trying to minimise the amount of re-work. It backfired a bit as I ended up having to fiddle around with adjusting the waist, but it worked out in the end.
Ellie is just chuffed with her bee pants. I reused everything, even the elastic and the drawstring (which I neglected to iron before rethreading because I was lazy). I even saved the portion of the legs I cut down to make scrunchies for her hair... are scrunchies still a thing these days?

I never thought I'd be sharing clothes with my not-quite-yet-four year old daughter, but I guess since I am that means a few things:
  • My taste in clothes is either immature, or hers is very mature
  • I am destined to be the family midget
Here is another example, where I went to check on her after her shower, and found that she'd requisitioned one of my shirts for her own oversized nightie. Apparently nothing is off limits in this house. When I questioned her, the only response was "But mama, you know I like Elmo. You have to share!"
Well...ok then. Teenage years are going to be fun!
 
Anyone have any tips for helping teach personal space and things?

3 comments:

  1. Oh that is cute - so many adult clothes are very kid friendly these days - esp pjs - sharing is such a tricky thing - when sylvia has friends over and they are arguing over something I often say I will just take it away unless they work out among themselves how they will share it. They usually works it out but if they don't I remove the object of the argument!

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    1. Haha, she is usually quite good with sharing, and definitely good about reminding other people to share when she wants a turn! I used to ask her to put away special toys before people came over if she didn't want to share them and that worked quite well. Perhaps I just need to adjust my perspective and understand there is no such thing as "mine" anymore! :)

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  2. Oh, that is so funny about the sharing coming back to haunt you. I can just imagine my reluctance to share special vegan chocolates stashed away in future years!! I love the re-generation of the PJs though, that is great.

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