Monday, May 28, 2012

Mimicry at Its Finest

When we found out I was pregnant with Aiden so soon after having Asher, I immediately started dreaming of the day when they would play together. They do that to some extent now, and it's so much fun to watch! As they were playing outside today, they didn't even seem to care or notice that my husband and I were around. They were completely content playing with each other and entertaining themselves.

What I did not anticipate was how quickly Aiden would start to mimic Asher. And, (probably foolishly) I never considered the idea that Asher would be imitating Aiden. Aiden put mulch in his mouth; Asher put mulch in his mouth. Aiden continuously stands up in the bathtub; Asher continuously stands up in the bathtub. Aiden throws his supper on the floor; Asher throws his supper on the floor . . . Are you beginning to see why this is frustrating?

It was great today when they were copying each other when they were playing outside, but the majority of the time they seem to choose only the other's naughty behaviors to mimic. Like I said, I was fully prepared for Aiden to imitate Asher - younger siblings tend to do that with the older ones. But, for some unknown reason I never thought that the reverse would be true, too! Live and learn, I guess.

I think what makes it more difficult is that Aiden (1 1/2) is still too young to be disciplined effectively because he just doesn't understand. Asher sees that Aiden doesn't get timeouts for his behavior so he assumes it's a game. I have yet to figure out how to get through to Asher that it's not funny. So far, nada. I will persevere. And, if I have any epiphanies or figure out how to handle it . . . Well, I'll let ya know!

I saw this the other day - I think it'd be great to have in a boys' playroom or bedroom. :)

little boys sign

I think that probably goes for moms in general, but it looked pretty cute . . . and accurate!

I hope you all had a fabulous Memorial Day weekend!

1 comment:

  1. My girls are 16 months apart and it's amazing how much the older sister copies her younger sister.