Dear Ryan & Roy,
On this Valentine’s Day I want to let you know how important both of you are in my life.
My two little men both of you are unique and add lots of sparks and colour to my life.
Since conception to the daily grind of taking care of all your needs it hasn’t been an easy task for me. Everyday the both of you throw me new challenges and obstacles that I have to overcome.
I have to constantly try to be pro-active to counter any potential “disasters” that may occur when you are in one of your “moods”.
Nevertheless I would like to let both of you know that I will always be there for you and try my best to bring both of you up in the best way that I know.
Many people may be asking what a one year old can be taught to do? At such an age will a toddler be able to follow instructions given?
The answer is ‘Yes’
Even though they may not follow what you want them to do 100% of the time-as most kids do- they are able to follow simple instructions given to them.
At One he has a vocabulary of 20-60 words even though he is only able to verbalize the most 5 to 6 words clearly. [ Mummy, Daddy, Ryan, Ah Ye, Mama & mum mum-food]
After his 1st birthday I have introduced him to the toothbrush and am slowly teaching him how to brush his teeth. He is able to grab the toothbrush and try to imitate his brother brushing his teeth.
I feel that he is ‘old enough’ to help out by assisting me with some simple household chores.
Roy is learning to:
- Clean up- put back his toys after play
- Take out the clothes from the washing machine and put it into the laundry basket for me to hang up. * See the insert below.
- Take his storybook out from his shelve and bring it me to read for him before bedtime. He also places the storybook back into the cupboard after reading.
- Switch off the electronic appliances after use (TV/Radio/VCD player)
Ryan on the other hand has learnt to:
- Clean up after playing
- Keep his shoes/bag away after returning from school
- Put the dishes/cups in the sink after use
- Brush his own teeth and do his own toileting
I will be teaching him how to:
- Help in folding the clothes ( this is also one of the activities suggested in the Montessori book that I have been reading)
- Mentor reading to Roy ( it will help to build up the bond between the brothers and also improve his reading abilities)
- Vacuum the floor.
I believe that kids should learn the contribute their part and help in doing household chores from young. This will be good training for them and also teach them basic life skills.