The Chatterbox

The Chatterbox

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Omaha Mama's picture Omaha Mama

I've reflected several times over the last week about Christmas Day at my parents'. Which was much like Thanksgiving Day at my parents'. My kids played and played and played all day and I really didn't see them. Aside from fixing them a plate of food at lunch, I really didn't see them. It was very different even from last year, when my little guy was 3 (3 to 4, you are so smart!). It was bittersweet for me though, they are growing up. Sigh.

Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

I know what you mean, too, Omaha. I think if it had just been the four of us at home on Christmas Day, we would have had ore time to spend with the kids one-on-one--playing with their toys with them, helping them set up things, etc. But for me it was nice to have the time to catch up with my siblings and I knew we'd have the time together with the kids this week, when we were back home again.

But still, they are growing up, and it is so very bittersweet--you are right.

mouse's picture mouse

OUCH on the tailbone!

We considered getting E. a circuit set too, but put it off for a year or so since Legos are still the #1 item. Although I spent a fair amount of time assembling the tough spots of Legos, it was less overall time than last year, as E. took on most of the work. J. made up for his brother needing less guidance, however, as he's mostly been unhappy to be put down and has been trying to get any paper/box/other trash he can find.

Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

I remember that age-getting into all the wrapping and needing to be held constantly!

I think the snap circuits are better suited for older kids--I'm not sure L. could have worked on them by himself until he was about 8 or 9. This year he was fine reading the project descriptions and working through the set-ups himself.

I was glad L. didn't put any Legos on his list this year. I always find them difficult--he has trouble putting the sets together by himself and gets easily frustrated.