Being the fourth child I was a little more ‘relaxed’ with my parenting. Having a large family forces you to relax and not sweat the small stuff.
These are the things that I let my fourth child do:
- Stand on the dining table, regularly.
- Walk around on the dining table, regularly.
- Play with thumb tacks on our homemade geoboard while I read on the couch (gotta embrace those moments of joyful playspiration right?)
- Eat KFC chips for lunch in the car while I eat some too, parked with the air-conditioning on and reading.
- Watch Peppa Pig on the iPod while I lay on the couch and pretend to be asleep.
- Take off all her clothes and run around naked in the dirt at the playground.
- Do her own toothpaste application and brush her own teeth (before I “help”).
- Ride the cat.
- Draw all over herself and myself in washable markers (actually I highly recommend this activity for long car rides).
- Learn to say “oh shit!” and congratulate her correct appropriation of context.
- Eat three bowls full of frozen blueberries (naked) if it means she stops hanging off my tits for five minutes.
- Sit in the small sink (naked) and pour water all over herself while I use the big sink next to her to do dishes.
- Paint her own hair with chalk.
- Eat pages of books (one less meal I have to prepare!).
- Draw all over the walls with washable pens.
- Wee on the deck.
Things I’d let my first born do at the same age:
- None of the above. Oh, the horror!
Ahhhhh the ever evolving journey of parenthood, hey? You realise that children are not only really resilient but they’re innately intelligent too. Your priorities change. And you learn to be resourceful and find the quiet moments within the daily chaos whenever you can.
Anything you let your 2nd, 3rd or 4th child do that you didn’t let your 1st? Please share in the comments below.
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