Friday, December 17, 2004

Encouraging Children

No, I'm not talking about how I encourage my children, this is a story of how my 4 1/2 year old was trying to encourage me.

It started when I was cleaning up the pieces of a magnetic puzzle we keep on our refrigerator. I decided to put the puzzle together but it took some thinking because the images weren't all oriented in the same direction. After I finished she told me, 'I knew you could do it' (I tell her this when I've denied her assistance with some task and she does it on her own). I thanked her for encouraging me. She asked what encouragement means [excuse me, no I don't want to install software from CrazyWinnings...gosh, you'd think the marketers would come up with a more palatable title for their website] and I bumbled out some definition and examples. She must have gotten the general idea that 'you can do it' is encouraging.

Later that day when I was on the computer, Suzanne kept popping by saying 'you can do it, mama.' Well, I could do it, if you'd stop interrupting me...

[P.S. No porn pop-ups since our last installation of super adware zapper, but we still get some ads. Can I tell you how glad I am to see that they're for mortgage refinancing? BTW, no one commented on my film reference to Japanese steel...I'm disappointed.]

7 comments:

Larry said...

Marjorie:
We found the first one was the most precocious.

Anne Zelenka said...

Your film references go over my head!

I love the image of a little Suzanne pop-up window: "you can do it, mommy! You can do it!"

clanlally said...

Dear O-ren Ishii....actually...youre the Bride. I could be O-ren though. Well...secretly, I REALLY want to be Go-Go Yubari. Beyond all of that...Sonny Chiba can make me a sword ANY day. Now...if you are going to drop quotes and then hock us about not commenting on them...do you know who Sonny Chiba is? Googling does not count.

david said...

'Fraid my samurai knowledge is limited to Ran (Kurasawa), Shogun (Clavel) and Myamoto Musashi (Book of Five Rings).

Marjorie said...

You got it, Mike. And, no, I do not know who Sonny Ciba is, though I recall seeing a lot about him on the DVD features. One of the actors, I'm guessing but which one? Was he the guy who played many, many parts? But not the sheriff/father figure actor guy...

You're right, Mike, I'll keep my mouth shut in the future.

Sheeesh.

clanlally said...

oh Grasshopper....so much to learn about arguably the greatest kung-fu star of all time...

hey...there was an article in todays (Fridays) Wall Street Journal about testing different educational styles (a la Holt). I couldnt rip it out of the paper I was reading. I cant link to it.

Mike

Marjorie said...

Very true, at least I recognized more than my husband -- I don't think he'd ever seen a Kung Fu episode, I've seen some thanks to dear old Dad.

Thanks for the tip, we subscribe to the WSJ, so I'll look....oh...DH throws it away at work after he reads it on the train...bad DH.