Throwback to the year 2009
I am hosting a Carol singing practice at home with at least 20 people in the house.
My daughter and her friend - both then 3 years old - manage to find an almost empty tube of super glue and get their fingers stuck together.
Without telling me about it - my husband quietly and efficiently manages the crisis and gets the fingers unstuck.
I discover this only after the last guest has left.
Back to 2021
A wooden curio that we bought on a trip to Udaipur gets chipped.
I buy a tube of super glue to put it back together.
Opening the tube is a bit of a struggle.
I apply a little more pressure than required.
And the super glue is all over my hands.
Everything is getting glued together... I start screaming.... My daughter looks up....
Snatches the tube out of my hands with some paper... Has warm water and soap ready in a flash .... And washes off the super glue as much as possible.
There is still a good bit left on my hands after that
But she confidently says "Don't worry - I will remove it - I learnt it from Papa."
So the sticky fingers 11 years ago worked 🙂
They built empathy compassion and problem solving skills.
Would I have lost my temper during that incident 11 years ago?
Would that have taught these "life skills"?
No of course not!
My daughter was shown empathy compassion and problem solving in action.
She was not scolded for her mistake.
And that is how she learnt from it.
It is always a struggle to stay calm with little children - but it is always worth it.