So proud of you emmanuelle grace. Tonight was the third night you slept in your room alone after Zienne was born. I know how hard it must have been for you, with all the initial attempts and your concerns (monsters, itchiness, loneliness, fears). But after your Tatay read you a story, prayed with you, and after I came and tucked you in, laughed and talked with you, you mustered up enough strength and faith that we’re so close to you still. It must be very hard, at four years old, after days and days of being conditioned to having such the warmest comfort of being with those you love most before going to sleep, then having to sleep alone with a blanket of thoughts. But you did it tonight. Thank you for being so brave. It’s times like these that I am so proud of you. And although I know it’s a step towards your independence, I already miss you. I love you monkey. I wish I could keep you forever.
An article I subscribe to for parents: Your 4-year-old now The average 4-year-old can count up to ten, although he may not get the numbers in the right order every time. One big hang-up in going higher? Those pesky numbers like 11 and 20. The irregularity of their names doesn’t make much sense to a preschooler. Don’t get caught up in trying to persuade your child to count much beyond ten or 20 right now. Most fours can’t fully comprehend how larger numbers correspond to actual quantity. They usually count between four and ten objects correctly. A child this age who rattles off numbers in sequence higher than 20 is generally doing so from sheer memorization. Really? After all this time I’ve been trying to get Em to master her numbers from 1-100. She gets the order right 1-20. Granted, she sometimes gets confused with reading numbers 11-20, but she knows the function of counting when she has objects requiring to know its quantity. But why not ‘get caught up’ in persuading your toddler to count beyond ten? I’ve seen toddlers learn how to add. There’s really nothing wrong with pushing their memorization skills. I believe in giving my children […]
Zi is turning five months soon, so I’ll update you on her 4th month. Babble: She says so many sounds. Her favorite in ng-geh. She has a lot of kitty-like sounds, hence the given name to her, “hello kitty.” She sometimes says, ma-mam, although I know it’s not until much later on when they’ll be able to fully understand what it means. But she does voice out when she doesn’t like something or when she’s frustrated at a toy. She’s very garrulous, and loves to chat. Sitting: When left sitting without any help or pillows, she can stay sitting for a very small period of time, but she’ll eventually fall over. But I can tell she’s getting stronger, and hopefully by next month, she’ll be able to fully sit up on her own. We’ll see. Food: Nope, not eating yet. But she is SO interested with food. She stares at us when she sees us chewing on something. She intently is curious when we eat, and even tries to copy the act of chewing when she sees us eat. Reaching: She reaches for objects now, bats at things in front of her, and grabs on to things with the propensity […]