ageing bath time best friend birthday books brushing teeth celebration child play fashion fear fighting with each other goldfish growing up hair happy with looks health holiday how children copy kumon learning new words living with guilt love mealtime with kids morning with kids music play date reading school silly talk with kids sisters sleep habits snow sorry swimming with kids teasers therapy thumb sucking weekend working from home
> iTunes on fire!
> Panda Victory
> Jump rope Stunt
> Death & Dying Fear
> Mozart, Bach or Brahms today?
> Lego comes of age
> Lip gloss affair
> Sisterly Love
> Ear pulling works!
> Cruising islands & streets
> Sit down to pee please!
> My twin sister
> Sorry but these are not for sale
> Boo boo
> When Kat met dog...
> Expression of love
> Puny is in
> Chewing gum & Stones
> Pain in the neck
> Kumon Sisters
> Is there a Gruffalo?
> Mission accomplished
> Sacrifice to God
> I spy...
> Don't ruin my life
> Thumb sucking - Yours or mine?
> Stomach Elly
> Mirror, Mirror on the Wall...
> Who is Baby #1?
> Apple of my eye
> Rocking with Sunglasses
> The 19th Wife and Weight Watchers!
Archives: July 2010
While on other occasions Kat is perfectly happy to express her anger at Kit and its retaliation, its interesting how this suddenly becomes unacceptable with the arrival of their cousin! He is very patient with Kit and she loves him and he’s a wonderful change for her too – someone who is not involved in the day-to-day combat. But…this bonding suddenly worries Kat and the best possible side effect is that it helps rekindle Kat’s love for Kit!
Kit is blissfully unaware of all this…she is only having fun with her recently picked phrases of “Come on guys” and “Got ya”.
Once in a while their cousin makes her come back to Kat and say: “Kat, I love you and I want you to play with me” which makes us all laugh as immediately after that she says “he made me say it” pointing to him (comically). So typical! So Kit!
Having another child does add another dimension to your life…to your relation with them. Its fun for now…they’ve finished playing viola and are playing hide-and-seek. I can hear Kit saying: “Give me your voices” (She says this when she can’t find them in a few seconds!)
Everything I am showing her is getting this ultimate compliment! Everything is puny.
When I showed her the pretty dresses that her Aunt had sent – her dramatic response (with her hands clasped and eyes wide) was – “Mummy these are puny!” When she saw my confusion, she interpreted that as ignorance and defined puny as skinny and pretty…wow! When I then showed her the books we had bought from last evening – again the same comment – Puny!...same with some other stuff.
Now I’m really looking forward to asking her the one ultimate question after a few moments…Kit how does mummy look? Fingers crossed for hmmm...puny…pretty and skinny?!!
Both Kat and I have told Kit that chewing gum is medicine so every time she wants it, she asks for Kat’s medicine. She’s just had one and spit it out in a few seconds (stones in belly!) and she has that intoxicated look on her face. She’s running around the room saying she’s just had the medicine and it tastes yummy but the way she’s saying it with her arched eyebrows and hushed voice, I’m so sure she’s kidding ME!
Later, Kat offered to rub an ointment for me and I casually remarked “Thanks Kat but medicine is too strong. Papa can do it for me when he comes back home.”
Both Kat and I knew I was referring to the smell (like you walk down the street and everyone knows you have it on!) but Kit being Kit said: “I can do it! You mean it’s strong, very heavy? I can do it for you mummy.”
When Kat and I couldn’t control our giggles at Kit’s innocence, she too joined in…happy to have made us happy!
While Kit is always excited to do her Kumon (as hers is so colourful with pictures and large sized numbers – she’s only in Junior Kumon) and although Kat got a Kumon Golden Mathlete Star recently, she always has to be inspired to do hers (I don’t blame her!) The one inspiration that always works is if I get them both to do it together – from a work and seriousness scenario, this is not an ideal situation but is a win-win for everyone so I let them carry on…and this is how the sisters get on with it!
The minute I announce that Kit Kat will do Kumon together, I seem to initiate a race for who will grab Kumon folder first. So far so good I think. Then come the manipulations…
Kat, who mostly has some errors from last evening’s worksheet (which needs to be corrected before today’s sheet and fearing that Kit will win the race if she starts work first): “Honey, can I correct my work while you wait?” And she gives Kit a hug and a kiss. Oh my God! Such drama…BOTH my girls!
Kit smiles back “Sure. I’ll wait” and she waits with such admirable patience that I am amazed. Not so much as drawing a line on the paper. Sitting staring at her work waiting for Kat to edit her mistakes. Commendable!
Once Kat finishes her mistakes, they are back on the race. Kat likes to hum while doing her Kumon and Kit gets irritated.
Kit: “Mummy, can she stop singing? I can’t concentrating” (That’s a new word for her)
Kat finds this funny and starts laughing and I remind her that as the work is being timed and if she gets more than 3 mistakes because of lack of her concentration, we all will be laughing at her and she sobers up!
Kit continues in her high pitched voice and Kat is easily distracted as Kit has this habit of questioning everything with a “Why?” I remind her that this is not story time but Kumon. Every now and then I get “I’m tired…” then followed by “Can I do four sheets today?”
I nod to everything to keep things moving and its working so far.
On the other hand, I think all Kat is doing is looking over at Kit’s work making sure she is not leading her in any way.
When I see this, I question her age over and over again!! She finds this funny and she is in one of her moods and tells us to look at her burp out the ABCs and she actually does it!
Kit’s reaction is “It’s disgusting!” and she screws up her nose in a really interesting way.
I second her opinion and we both tell Kat to continue her work.
Kit tells me “She’s not listening to you, is she?”(Why does she have to say it so loudly?)
As was obvious from the level of concentration today, Kit finishes her sheets before Kat and just then Papa calls. Kit starts her long story of Kat’s complaints as usual…while Kat continues and completes her work between stares of disbelief at both me and Kit.
Kumon session is FINALLY over!