It’s no secret that I adore my niece, almost 4, and nephew, 2. But I’ve also learned a lot about life by watching them. Here are a few lessons I’ve picked up:
1. If you don’t feel like practicing your letters or building with blocks, color or play dolls instead.
2. It’s OK to change into your jammies when you’re done with the need for real clothes.
3. If you’re irritable or crabby, have a snack. That usually helps.
4. If juice and graham crackers fail to cure the grumpies, have a nap.
5. You can always try. Just yell for help if you get stuck.
6. If someone tells you she likes your dress, just say “thank you.” And maybe give a twirl.
7. Be yourself: Crazy dance moves, silly stories and all.
8. Self-conscious? Pfft. Putting on a swimsuit and going to the pool is fun!
9. Get your birthday list out there early. No one’s going to know you want a princess scooter if you don’t ask for it.
10. If you don’t like playing outside when it’s hot or only want to eat avocados, let the people know. Others will do what they can to accommodate your preferences (within reason).
11. Say “I love you” a lot. And give hugs and kisses before bed.
12. Think about yourself. If Brother wants you to play trains, but you’d rather play kitchen, play kitchen. This is about you.