Since Tyler turned age 3 a couple of months ago, he has been like a sponge absorbing new information, and he’s been a joy to teach. I love how he looks at me like I’m the queen of information – like mummy is amazing haha!
The first thing I taught him last month was how to cross the road safely at a pelican crossing. This has actually been the most useful thing, and again he really listened to me teaching him.
Basically I taught him to stop way before the kerb when we reach a road (every time I have been saying very loudly ‘STOP’ so he gets the message!). I told him he has to press the button and we wait for the green man before we cross. When the green man comes, I say ‘Green means go!’, like they do in Paw Patrol. He has been loving this. He waits so patiently until the green man comes. I had to test my patience when the road was actually empty but a red man was still showing – we kept waiting so I was teaching Tyler the right thing!
Now Tyler is so eager to press the button at every pelican crossing that he sees and he waits for the green man. I do still keep a keen eye on him as he is only 3, I would never let him cross alone – but at least it helps that he understands crossing the road better and will be less likely to just run across a road now.
The next new thing I taught him last month was about money and shopping. It was actually inspired by another blog where a mum was teaching her 3-year-old about pocket money. It’s to teach from an early age that you can’t just see a toy in a shop and then have it, but also it can’t just depend on the parent’s good mood on whether you get the toy or not – that’s just sending mixed messages.
Tyler’s grandma had given him ten £5 notes for his birthday which I’ve kept in an envelope for him. So on our trip into town, I brought one £5 for Tyler to choose a toy with. He always drags me to the toy section in TK Maxx, so I thought this was a good way to explain that we need to pay for things. So he chose the cutest little 4-pack of monster construction trucks which were £4.99. I said to him, we have to pay for this now. So we walked over to the tills and I let him hand over the £5 note to the cashier, and he put the 1p change in his coat pocket (so cute!). We put his purchase in his toy pushchair which he brings everywhere with him, and we walked home. He was so pleased with himself.
Interestingly, he hasn’t bugged me for any toys since, he just likes to look at them in the shops. So who knows, maybe he is grasping the concept of paying for things, or maybe he’s happy with what he’s got. It’s a start anyway.
It’s really been amazing to see how quickly he learnt things. Well apart from potty training (hah!) – that we will try again next month! What have you been teaching your little ones lately?