Saturday, May 23, 2009

Counting to 3

I really get a kick out of parents who count to three. Most of all I love how the count is never the same. I mean, how long can the number two really be drawn out?

I don't count to three with my kids, but I am realizing that maybe I need to. I have been a little too quick to judge my children lately. Rather than observing and listening, I have been quickly passing judment on their actions and their motives. I need to count to three, I need to slow down, watch what is happening and give myself time to think. So if you see me just staring at my kids as they begin to run circles madly screaming in line at Chick-fil-A, don't worry, I'm counting to 3.


  1. I'm not sure if this helps at all, but a wise woman once told me when transitioning Ella into another activity or place I should give her an out loud 10 second count down. This REALLY helps against starting the fit in the first place. So I know people see my counting to 10 and think to themselves "wow she must really be whipped by her kid, she's counting all the way to 10!" but overall Ella is a pretty good kid.....if you don't count the occasional rumble in the nursery....

  2. Katie! Right with you. I do count down from 5 to help my girls move faster in what they are doing, but I try to keep it motivational rather than threatening. Also, our transitionl technique - saying goodbye to everything... bu-bye blocks, bu-bye giraffes, bu-bye Dora.

  3. LOL.... I hate when I see that myself too, but maybe your right be slow to react.....