08 October 2009

High Fives All Around



Josh was playing with blocks, when Zoë swiped two of his big blue bars and ran off. (She thinks it’s fun when Josh runs after her.) Josh gave chase while crying, “Zoë, I need them!” He was trying to grab the bars back and of course, Zoë was holding on fast.

I suggested that Josh stop grabbing and instead try to gently ask to have them back, to explain to Zoë why he needed them. He did… and before he could even finish explaining why he needed them, Zoë handed back both bars. Then she looked at Josh and asked, “I help you, Koko, okay?”

Bless his soul, Josh let her. I could hear him giving her instructions on where to put certain blocks and also letting her add her own touches to their creation. After a few minutes, they called out to me to see what they made.

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Of course, I expressed delight and I praised them for working together to create something that both of them are proud of. I asked them to give each other high fives. They did, with big grins on both their faces. Then Josh said to Zoë, “Great job, partner!”

I had to stop myself from doing a little jig. I look upon instances like these as little victories in my parenting struggles. 

15 COMMENTS:

Alicia said...

Aww! That is so cute!

I can totally picture the entire scenario!!

Tell them they did a great job!

Dandy said...

I'm really impressed that they managed to build that without knocking it over!

I'm sure they are always both this well behaved. Right?

Nezzy said...

Yeah mama, a lesson in cooperation. Good job!!!

Have a restful evening, God bless!

Chocolate Covered Daydreams said...

They are learning to work together. That's a pretty awesome building that they constructed and that they did it together makes it even more special.

Wanda said...

Oh thank you for that story (and hope). That is such a poignant example of a turning point in their learning to negotiate.

Bravo!

bluecottonmemory said...

Is that what a little girl does? Instead of tackling fights, she melts his heart into peace and generosity of spirit! How incredibly sweet! You are one blessed, incredible mom!

Elle Bee said...

I call it a huge victory! Way to go momma! This almost broke my heart in two: “Great job, partner!” How sweet is that?!?!?

Muthering Heights said...

Wow, that's impressive!

Lindy said...

I'm thoroughly impressed. The balance and precision it took to build that AND get it to stand is amazing for those little ones!

Veronica Lee said...

Bravo!! That was indeed a huge victory!!

Keyona said...

Good job mom! It's amazing what they can do when they work together.

Hey I gave you a little something at my spot. :o)

JennyMac said...

how cute...and I can tell it just warmed your heart to see them working on it together.

golonghorns said...

Hooray for you and your kiddos! Now can you come over to my house and help me with my kids?

blueviolet said...

That made me say awwwww all over the place. I love this little story and that little block structure is all the more precious due to the teamwork.

A Mom After God's Own Heart said...

Great post~ Following you from MBC!

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