Every time I saw a little boy grabbing in his own pants, I was a bit like what the? Why don’s his parents say something? And also, don’t they teach him that you shouldn’t do that in public? What kind of parenting is that? Let’s just touch ourselves the whole day and be happy or what?
Terrible twos, threenagers, and many other terms that basically describe the little terrorists our cute, innocent babies turn into as a toddler. The bichin is 19 months now and we are starting to notice that the terrible two are approaching: tantrums and drama are starting to get a bit too normal. Luckily, his daycare organizes “Parent school” every trimester and last week the topic was the famous toddler tantrum. Perfect timing! There was a pedagogue / child development specialist to explain tantrums, where they came from and how to deal with them, and what she explained on the different types of tantrums was definitely a game changer for me.
Yes, it´s Friday. Reason enough for wine right? But it´s also the 24th of February, the day that my sister was supposed to turn 28 years old. Unfortunately, we haven´t celebrated more than 18 birthdays with her together but that does not mean we have stopped celebrating on the 24th of February.
Where I am from in the Netherlands, the carnival is big so as kids we always dressed up and had a blast in February. (And as young adults we dressed up and had the perfect excuse to party for 5 days in a row). Luckily for me and for my childhood memories, in Spain the schools also celebrate carnival and this week the bichin has celebrations at daycare.
When coming to Spain from the North of Europe, one of the biggest cultural differences is the way lunch is done. Where in the Netherlands (and many neighboring countries) lunch is usually a quick sandwich which takes half an hour max, in Spain it is a warm meal, usually with different plates and often takes at least 45min to an hour. (And on Sunday you can easily make that 1,5-2hours!)