For awhile, Angel was obsessed with time. She always wanted to know what time it was, to the minute. Then she’d ask again. And again. The weird part is that she still doesn’t have a very good concept of time. I would try all the typical answers, the actual time it was, “a minute since you asked me last”, and the like.
She hasn’t asked about the time much lately. Last Christmas her uncle gave her a digital watch for Christmas. I wanted her to learn to read a clock first, but it was from her uncle, so what could I say? Angel started wearing her watch all the time when school went back. She will now ask me the time, but only to compare what time I have to what time she has. I must remember to thank my brother for the watch since it has turned into a gift for me too!
Angel once asked me what time it was when she was out of bed very late. I told her it was 1:00. She looked at her watch and said, “No, mommy, it’s twelve, five, nine!” Now I don’t round up very often because it is too much to try to explain. And by the time I do, it’s the time I said it was.
Angel’s newest obsession is the weather. She wants to know if it is going to rain. She wants to know right now. We were out grocery shopping and she asked me as we were trying to check out and bag our stuff. I told her we’d look later, so as soon as we were out loading the car, she asked me again. She told me to take my phone out and look at my weather app. That’s when it took some work to stay patient. I reminded her that I was loading the car and could not look at the weather right now. I told her we would look when we got home, and informed her that I would not reply to this question again.
This is a tactic I learned in the parenting class I took this summer–ignoring this kind of behaviour. It is not easy to do and requires a concerted effort from me. I’m much more likely to snap than be rational after awhile.
After the groceries were put away, I pulled out my phone and we looked at the weather app together. In case you were wondering, I won’t keep you in suspense any longer– it’s not going to rain tonight, but it probably will tomorrow.
photo credit to torbakhopper via flickr.com
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