Why can’t I do what They do?

We are making a serious effort to be outdoors and play games, enjoy the fresh air and not slump at home browsing on the computer. Last Saturday, we went to a playground near our house in the afternoon. Disha was delighted of course, so were we, she could run about without a care in the world.

Karthik and I started playing badminton while Disha ran about and played in the mud. She has seen us play badminton a few times before, when she insisted on being carried by one of us, while we play. This time was a little different- she wanted to actively play- and play just like us.

She put the shuttle cock on the bat and waited for a few seconds, to see if it would take off on its own, soar high into the sky. When nothing happened, she got so angry. She threw the bat on the ground and ran away crying in frustration. After a few minutes of pacifying, she went back to playing by herself. This sequence repeated a couple times more, when we decided to stop playing by ourselves and  all of us kicked the football instead.

Disha is so eager to do and try everything which we easily do, mostly without any effort or even thinking. But there are times when she is unable to figure it out. Thats when she gets upset, but what we do see is after a while, she is back and wants to try it out again. As her parents, we hope that we do not discourage her ability to keep trying, even if she is failing.

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Burrshee is really important

Its been a week now since Disha started insisting on brushing, every hour, on the hour. She wants to either practice her newly acquired skills of brushing her teeth on her own or she just loves eating the tooth paste.

She says burrsh and runs in excitement to the bathroom. You cannot get away with offering her just the toothbrush sans the paste. If one of us refuses to give her the brush telling her that she needs to brush only twice a day, she gets so upset that her eyes glisten with tears and at times she runs away in anger.

We have, as a desperate measure taken to putting away the toothbrush. She looks for it in the whole house and once she is satisfied that it is really missing, relents to doing something else.

We need to see how long this will last!