I’m a mother of two you know, so sometimes I fall into the trap of thinking I know what I’m at with this parenting lark. Two Christmases ago we had a total meltdown on Christmas Eve because the build up to Christmas went on too long and it all got a bit much for a two year old.
Last year we made a few changes. For a start I agreed to wait until December to put up the Christmas tree. I know! I know! How can you watch the Late Late Toy Show without the tree up? But anyway, we have to make sacrifices as parents, so I relented and the tree went up on December 8th instead. We also bought an Advent calendar – a Lego one. We carefully opened one window each day and used to it show just how many days were left until Christmas. It worked fantastically.
This year I had it all sussed from the start. Delay the tree, get a new advent calendar. I found an Imaginext calendar for sale in Smyths for a fiver so that was that sorted.
What I didn’t count on was the logic of a four year old. Once again we explained that each window represented a day and that the remaining windows showed how many days were left until Christmas.
We did well until this week. We were away last Saturday so Little Man got to open two days at once when we got back. Doing this obviously got him thinking because yesterday he opened two windows at once as well. I thought he was cheating and trying to get the toys more quickly. Not so. He explained his cunning plan. Now thanks to him, we have one less day to wait until Christmas because there are only three windows left. You’ve got to give him credit for trying! 🙂