Bella opens the drawer of the file cabinet and I call out her name. She looks up, hastily shuts the drawer, and then puts her hands over her face.
Bella watches me eating stuffed grape leaves and decides they look tastier than the bagel she’s currently eating. She motions toward them and I offer her a bite, not realizing she’s still chewing. She spits her bagel into my hand and I am not pleased. I tell her she isn’t to spit out food and oblige her to finish her bagel before giving her a bite of my food. Again she covers her face with her hands while I’m expressing my displeasure.
She’s starting to do that whenever I reprimand her. It’s kind of cute; but a little worrying too. Is it shame at being caught or not wanting to look at me when I’m scolding her? Am I being too stern? Expecting too much? Is she too young to understand why I’m upset with her behavior? Or is this response a sign that she does understand, a signal that she’s capable of learning and following some rules?