March 3rd is Girl’s Day a great day to spend time with the little angels in our lives. A trip to the beach, a special dessert, or a gift, and the most important gift.. a gift of time and your love.
Have fun and enjoy your children, they grow up so fast.
September 8th is National Grandparent’s Day. Happy Grandparent’s Day to all the grandparents, have and wonderful day and give your grandchildren a big hug! If that’s not possible call them over the phone and give them phone hugs or hopefully they’ll call you. Here’s a nice story.
Grandma May shared a wonderful moment with her granddaughter April, a toddler who recently became three years old. One morning just before 7:30 am, April called grandma’s cell phone. Grandma recognized her son’s phone via Caller ID, answered it and heard the voice of her granddaughter April, who asked “where are you?” Grandma replied “at work” and April replied “bye!” which ended the call. What a short and sweet call to get from your grandchild!
It’s so joyful to know that your toddler grandchild misses you and goes out of her way to phone you. April abruptly ended her call because she knows grandma cannot talk to her while working, a lesson and rule taught to her from grandma and her parents. It’s pleasing to hear how toddlers learn to obey their parents, an important rule that will help them through early childhood development.
At two to three years of age, toddlers begin to learn at genius speeds. This is their “Planting Twos” years, and all they need is the sharing, teaching and loving discipline of their parents and loved ones.
May and her parents Mark and Olivia, nice, “pat on the back” and way to go!
By Carl Okuyama
Being excited watching grandchildren growing up is one the joys in life. It’s wonderful to have grandchildren at the age where they can recognize people and appreciate the attention, love, and teaching associated with the nurturing and bonding that was given during the first years of infancy; at age two it’s a transitional year when they go from an infant to a toddler, it’s the “planting twos” where children learn at genius speeds.
This week Amy was in Honolulu helping our daughter Kimberly and her husband, Christian. Amy was glad to help and flew to Honolulu to be with their family. Amy was anxious to see our granddaughter Andee and have fun with her. The week was busy as usual with Amy training and playing with Andee, including reading, writing and coloring, chasing her around the house, blowing bubbles, going to tumbling class, “putting make-up” on grandma, and cooking with the family; it was a busy and fun week.
After a week with Andee, Amy sees that Andee is happy and learning quickly, using sentences, and having less tantrums. This is because Andee’s “planting twos” years is being nurtured by her parents and family’s constant interaction, play, and loving discipline.
While having breakfast Kimberly told Andee, grandma was going back home to Hilo today, Andee’s response put a tear in grandma’s eyes, Andee with a really sad face said, “Gamma stay”. And, when Kimberly asked Andee if she wanted to go with grandma, she said “otay”.
Joy from parenting doesn’t come from living in a big house nor the things we buy for them, seeds of joy comes from quality time we spend with children. Today, give the children a hug and lots of quality time together, the rewards are eternal.
Written By Carl Okuyama