Recently, I have enjoyed some encouraging moments with Malaki. Oftentimes the day-to-day teaching moments can become frustrating and mundane and I ask myself, “Is anything sinking in to this little strong-willed mind? What’s the point of trying so hard when he’s so young?”
It was probably a week and a half ago Malaki and I sat down and ate breakfast as usual. We were just finishing up and he asked (repeatedly) for, “babo, babo, babo.” I went through the whole list of things he might want, “You want a ball? Your puppy? To get down? Milk?” Finally as he was getting more and more frustrated and I was just about to get him out of his highchair he tried one final plea, “Babo, Dad’s Babo!” And I realized that he was asking to read the bible. Brian has been reading a chapter to us every night after dinner and Malaki thought “why not take it one step further?” So I turned to a chapter in Psalms and Malaki sat and smiled while I read. It’s our new tradition – every breakfast since then.
Then, last night I was fixing dinner and Malaki was hanging out around my legs with a sippy cup of milk. Of course, when you give a 16 month old child a cup, the contents will end up on the floor (at least a little). Well, it happened. I turned to see him shaking his cup towards the floor and watching the little milk-puddle grow. I threw a kitchen towel at him and told him, “clean up your mess please.” And he proceeded to wipe up the milk.
Along with #2, this has to do with cleaning. I wonder sometimes if I’m domesticating my son a little too much… Brian says I’m not, so I’ll go with that. I was sweeping the floor (I figured after the milk incident
it could use a good mopping) and Malaki wanted to take the broom from me. So, I got him the little hand broom I have under the sink and he swept the floor alongside me.
Amazing! We’re trying so hard to teach him things that we don’t expect him to understand and he’s catching on. All of this training is not in vain. It’s a good reminder for me to not give up. Even those things that seem pointless at this point in Malaki’s life are making a difference.