Facebook tells you how many fans your page has in each country and my goal is to do a giant FB thread where at least one fan in every country in the world says hello to E, Lily and Ryan (and to each other).
I believe if I can make that happen, spontaneous world peace will break out.
Having my two sons before my daughter has dramatically highlighted for me the differences between raising a boy and a girl. My daughter cares far more about what she wears and how she looks than my boys do. (So much worry about shoes at three!) She also is far more concered about being clean.
I read before havign Lily that girls mature faster than boys and I think that is true as well. Lily seemed the understand the concept of "you can get it yourself" far sooner than her brothers.
But perhaps the biggest difference of all: HOLY CRUD can little girls scream.
Ethan made "quick-make brownies," which can be cooked in the microwave, for everyone to share. Lily got to them first, however, ate all the topping off and then passed them over to E.
E: (looks at the brownies) Uh...Mommy and Daddy, do you want some brownies?
Me: Sure, I'll have some buddy, but you have some first. You made them.
E: Yes, but I want to make sure there is enough for you guys.
Me: That's really nice, but go ahead and eat what you want. Just make sure Mommy and I have a bite or two.
E: OK. The truth is now I don't really want them. They're covered in toddler spit.
I read about this video where they tested children for patience and the ability to "delay gratification." They gave each child a marshmallow and told them that they could eat the one marshmallow now or, if they could wait a certain period of time, have two marshmallows.
After the tests, they followed the children growing up and the ones that could wait for two marshmallows were more successful, had less problems and did better in school. The ones who immediately ate the marshmallow had more trouble.
I asked E what he would do, but replaced the marshmallow with a Kit-Kat, his favorite candy.
Me: So, what would you do?
E: (without hesitation) I would eat it straight away.
Me: But if you waited, you could get two Kit-Kats.
E: Then, what I would do is sneak a Kit-Kat into the test, eat the one they gave me and then take out the one that I brought. They'd think I hadn't eaten the first one and then...free Kit-Kat.
Here is more info on the original test with some great videos:
I have three children: Ryan (12), Ethan (9) and Lily (6). One is autistic, one gifted and one adopted. This is a record of some of the amazing things they say and do. I try to stop and look around at least once a day.