Friday, March 2, 2012

Mischief

R has always been such a good boy

Never naughty ( whiny and mewly- yes! but not naughty )

But this is changing

Mischief is coming in

He plays like a toddler sometimes

The other day he was hiding underneath a blanket squeaking "look who is hiding"

( since the voice is eminently recognizable and since the blanket was shaking like an surface of a stormy ocean -neither the identity nor the location of the protagonist was an enigma - but I still enjoyed  )

He likes to do little picnics parties by himself



These days he has been doing all the Coke Sprite Menthos Experiments

We are experimenting with big bottles and little bottles

And with  "investing"

He has  of course chosen instant gratification and purchased his entire quota of bottles for the month of March in advance.

I have him on my Iphone video committing to not purchasing any more beverages in the March - this is going to be a great exercise in learning about instant gratification and postponing gratification.

He creates a kind of transportation device to take these bottles around the house


The next day  we do an experiment - DH drills holes into the caps



When DH's idea of putting a hole in the cap did not work - R quickly does his own, more successful trick - he puts THREE  Menthos in to get a much bigger fountain going


He also does a new experiment ( copied from the omniscient you-tube) where he just shakes the bottles and threw them hard which also caused them to burst

R wakes up early this Saturday ( I do not know how he does this every day - we need to shake him awake every week day - but on the weekend he is up early with the birds )

He is started to steal candy and so


when I go to make his bed later - I find all the empty Starburst wrappers

There are patterns on the floor in every room


Every room  is a mess

While I am spending so much time cleaning - I do not resent a minute of it

Our son is finally playing !

And so the report card that has come home with an "N" in math ( needs help) is not as worrying

Mischief is a milestone.

And while the mischief he is creating is coming at age 7 and not at 3 - its no less sweet

In fact its even sweeter because I never knew that it would come

I always remember what my friend Jos said about her daughter L( stroke survivor )

"I believe L will do everything .. she will just do it on her own timetable.. its okay .. there is no hurry .. I will wait"

34 comments:

Yuji said...

Wow, R is so inquisitive and creative! He has the qualities of someone who could be a scientist.

I'll be curious to see how your lesson in delayed gratification works out. We have not made much progress in this area with our son so I hope I can learn something from your experience. Great idea for taping his vow on your iPhone.

Lizbeth said...

And that right there is why I threw out every parenting book and let my son do what he wants to do---just on his own time frame.

I have to hide the Menthos and Coke experiment from my son. He'd be all over that!!!

Þorgerður said...

YEsss. love this...you really have to explain this experiment to me...kids should be messy. Wonderful pictures.

Floortime Lite Mama said...

its very very easy Porgerour - - you just open a bottle of coke- put a menthos in it and run !!!
R discovered that putting multiple menthos works best
DH thought that we would make a small hole in the cap and so the liquid would gush out "higher"- but it was hard to put the cap on fast enough

Floortime Lite Mama said...

exactly Lizbeth

Floortime Lite Mama said...

will let you know Yuji - showing him the "proof " ( video recording ) has really helped so far :-)

ggop said...

Wow - love what your friend Jos said!
You are such a patient mom :-) I know I should be happy yhat my 3 year old is curious about how liquid flows out of cups (he loves to upchuck water, juice, name it) but I often scream at him. I must remember he is probably doing something his NT peers did at 18 months...

Looking for Blue Sky said...

This I relate to my girl with cerebral palsy: when you can't talk or walk it is hard to be naughty, but sometimes she manages it, and with such a twinkle in her eyes that I have to forgive her :)

Floortime Lite Mama said...

absolutely" looking for blue sky"... have to forgive your smiley sweetie

Floortime Lite Mama said...

thank you ggop
I dont blame you one bit - patience is indeed hard to come by with sticky liquids !!!

Kris said...

Love the post and pictures. R is so cute and seems very curious! I wrote a post the first time Alex got in trouble at school for playing table hockey with another boy during class. Unlike most parents, I was so PROUD! I was thrilled he was playing and interacting with another child. Who cares if he got into some trouble for it? It was such TYPICAl trouble for a 1st grade boy and I was thrilled!

Love the Mentos and Coke. It sure looks like R has discovered play and is having a blast!

Di said...

I love cheeky, funny, mischievous kids. Even Nick has a sense of humour and I take great delight in his obvious cheekiness. Thomas used to do the Menthos experiment... I wonder, has R ever tried the volcano experiment, the one with vinegar? Great fun! :)

Marsupial Mama said...

What a beautiful post. Wow. I *loved* every minute of it!! And you guys are *so* cool doing all those menthos experiments!! I need to look them up on youtube, cause I can DEFINITELY get down with that!! So happy to hear mischief is making you smile! And his hiding in the blanket? Too adorable for words!!

Brenda said...

Watch out, K! We both have mischief-makers! Isn't it great?

Dani G said...

Mischief certainly is a milestone. There's no much to consider when being sneaky: knowing that it's wrong, considering that YOU will not be happy, knowing he has to be sneaky, actually being sneaky, etc. It's quite amazing, really.

Little Bird has always hit those milestones, they just take her a lot longer: walking, talking, etc. They come in HER time. I try to be patient. I hope and I pray. And I work- really really really hard!

Deb said...

I love, love, love this! You are so right...mischief is a milestone. I love the hope in the post! I often remember your words when I am frustrated about my son and play. I feel some days as if we have missed something in Floortime, and I have to go backwards, rather than rushing.

Floortime Lite Mama said...

absolutely what a fantastic moment for Alex !!!

Floortime Lite Mama said...

ooh di - I better google that - it sounds awesome

Floortime Lite Mama said...

Thanks Marsupial mama - you MUST do these - it will totally be worth it

Floortime Lite Mama said...

it sure is Brenda - love it

Floortime Lite Mama said...

dani - exactly - I think that is the magic - the patience the hope the prayer AND the working really really hard

Floortime Lite Mama said...

Deb u r so exactly right
Dr Greenspan would say that when in doubt go back to the basics of Floortime and that is exactly what I do
I really love FT - wish I was motivated enough to do more

Stories Untold said...

Congrats! Mischief is a milestone indeed! R looks lovely in these pictures, heres to more mischief making. God bless!

polite said...

Exactly why our bonus room looks like a disaster area all the time! BONUS!! LOL!! Let him explore because who really knows what goes on in those handsome heads of theirs. In their own time is right. I think I need the lesson on instant gratification. Maybe I should do a message to myself!! Great post!

Julie said...

I love this whole post! ...and I love R. What a sweet, sweet boy. I love how you said that, "Mischief is a milestone". :D

winklett.com said...

This is more magical than mischievous, methinks! But yes, mischief IS a milestone! I love your beautiful perspective on things

Floortime Lite Mama said...

absolutely !!!
I need the lesson on instant gratification as well of course

Floortime Lite Mama said...

i adore your blog so much - you have a truly uniue and engaging writing style

Floortime Lite Mama said...

absolutely !! more mischief to come

Floortime Lite Mama said...

thanks love

robin said...

I love that he's mischevious! I love that he's making a mess in his room playing! I love that he's planning on what to do for his experimenting! That picture of him standing on the stool holding the huge bag of Starburst is priceless! Such a great kid!!!

Jos said...

Small victories are wonderful, I think they're even better when they're a little naughty.

I can't count how many times something you've written on here has made me think a little more or given me joy.

I look forward to your next post.

Floortime Lite Mama said...

and you cannot imagine how many times your simple words said almost 5 or 6 years ago have inspired me

Floortime Lite Mama said...

xoxoxoxoxoxo Robin

Floortime Lite Mama

On my life as the mother of an adorable 5 year old with Autism and Apraxia