I'm hands on, for everything. I don't want to read a manual, instructions, or watch a tutorial. I want to have at it on my own. I like to dig in to something and figure it out. I've noticed lately that I'm pushing that skill on to Lyla. Not sure if it's a good or bad thing.
Lyla is with me 24/7 pretty much so whatever I do, she does with me. I mean everything. I am going up the stairs, so is she. I am watering the flowers, so is she. I am emptying the dishwasher, so is she. But I don't just have her watch, I make her take part. Everyday items are learning opportunities for her. I like to make sure that whatever I am doing, I'm telling her what it is and how to do it. I like to think she is paying attention and learning, and sometimes she really is. But honestly I think this has taught me a lot more than her.
I'm constantly running around like a crazy woman trying to get all my crap done in a short amount of time. Sometimes I just need to run down the stairs with a laundry basket to run a load as quickly as I can. But there is Lyla at the top of the stairs and no matter how busy I am, I make time to teach her to go down the stairs; bump, bump, on your rump. Watching her improve on this because I don't rush her is so rewarding and on top of everything else it's teaching me a great deal of patience.
Every single chore now has Lyla as a part of it. It also makes me enjoy my chores more. Emptying the dishwasher Lyla loves. She gets a kick out of handing me things and after every item, I tell her 'thank you'. She's learning not only to help do things but manners as well.
I also push her to figure things out on her own. She gets frustrated so easily and instead of helping her figure something, I encourage her to keep trying and do it on her own. Sometimes it works, other times it backfires. But in the end, I know or think I'm teaching her to be a good person who tries hard and is independent.
I hope I'm doing good by Lyla. I hope she learns and grows. I hope she succeeds with all she wants to do. I just love her.
[PS this blog post was written while Jared was watching this army documentary and I was extremely sidetracked. So if this doesn't make sense, my apologies!]