In the 3+ years as a dad I have realized that my daughter communicates very differently than I do. I also have seen how she has evolved in expressing how she feels.
The title of this post reminds me of the contrast of, Everything is Awesome, which is the theme song of the Lego Movie.
Different to our kids or the younger individuals in our lives, as adults we begin to resist and stop the urge to just say anything that comes to our minds.
Yuck and Yucky
For the past week or so my daughter has been calling everything that she does not want to experience or do as, “Yucky.”
If she rather do something or avoid what we have suggested, she says, “Yucky.”
Going to bed is “Yucky”, rocking her in the rocking chair to take a nap is,“Yucky”, telling her to bring her dishes to the sink is, you guessed it, “Yucky!”
Everything is not Awesome
Our daughter’s response of, “Yucky” reminds me of how we get pulled into things that are not beneficial to ourselves, yet we decide to continue with them.
Having a 3 year old reminds me, if I am not in the mood to do something I can step away.
Yes there are other things in life which we are responsible for and it might not be that easy to step away. But even then we might need to dig deeper and see if that is what we really want.
By analyzing what makes any situation uncomfortable or not desirable, I try to find a practical and quick way to move on or persuade our daughter into doing what I need her to do. That way she can turn her, “Yuck!” into “Awesome!”
How do your kids express themselves when something is uncomfortable or they just don’t want to do something they need to do?
What approach do you take?