Alternate title: Oh right, you're 3.


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And boy can you whine and bellyache. I feel for you, kid. You're in a tough spot, you don't know whether you want to be a baby or a big kid and you really can't be either.

The Parenting Mirror

Sarah, over at the of Walk Slowly, Live Wildly, has a post up about how children reflect what they see in their parents.

I often hear Maya explaining to her toys: "Now, I'm going to count to three. If you don't do it, I'm going to do it for you."

The "it" is very often getting in a chair or carseat or brushing her teeth. That threat doesn't work for "pick up your toys," for example.

This summer, we noticed that Maya nearly always answer "yes, please" or "no, thank you" when offered anything and she routinely thanks people for doing things for her. 

But, we didn't get as many pleases in requests. In fact, the closer she got to her third birthday, the more Maya, who has a fairly large vocabulary for her age, resorted to one word demands/commands or pointing and whining. Now, we can't blame the whining and pointing on her parents, but the pleases?  Yep, most of our requests to each other omit the please. 

(Photos were taken in Greenbelt National Park, a nice little walk in the woods spot within the beltway.)