I’m putting away the dishes this afternoon and Bella, who is eating her snack at the kitchen table, looks up and says, “Good girl,” as I place the measuring spoons in the drawer. Recently she’s been helping me unload the dishwasher and the measuring spoons are one of the items she can put away by herself. I generally thank her and praise her when she completes each task properly. Guess she’s listening and learning.
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Also recently she’s been responding “Only Mama,” when I tell her not to do something or not to touch something. But it works better with some things than others:
“Bella, please don’t touch the computer.”
“That’s right, only mama touches the computer.”
“Bella, please don’t shake that” (the loose banister on the porch stairs).
Not so much.