I taught Klara several magical phrases that have made my life much easier:
- “It’s not ours”
- “It’s their turn”
- “It’s attached”
- “Mama’s coffee is very hot”
“It’s not ours” is extremely helpful because whenever she grabs something at a store, all I have to do is say “it’s not ours” and she puts it back. Often, she doesn’t even grab things and just points to them and asks, “Ours?”
“It’s attached” is also great because she’s extremely interested in how things work and always tries to take everything apart. So I had to explain why some things can’t be taken apart. Before I did that, she wanted me to unscrew every bolt and nail in every piece of equipment at the playground.
Right now I’m teaching her the phrase “I can’t stop when I’m driving unless I arrive at a specially designated area.”