One chilly afternoon in January, my 3 year old granddaughter, Sarah, ran outside to play. I noticed that she didn't have a coat on so I opened the door and called her back into the house. When she came in I asked her what she forgot to do. She sweetly answered me in her 3 year old voice - "I forgot to put my shoes on." (I hadn't even looked down at her feet). Pleased that she had mentioned it, I told her "Good job, and what else?" She answered, "I forgot to ask you to go outside." Looking for her to remember that she didn't have a coat on this chilly day, I responded, "Good- What else?" She smiled and answered, "I forgot to put Hank back in his cage." (Hank was our hermit crab and he certainly would have been a goner that day!) I said, "Good- What else?" She finally remembered that she didn't have a coat on and said, "I forgot to put a coat on!" With that I praised her for remembering all those things and asked her what she should do now. She quickly put the hermit crab back in his cage, got her shoes and socks on, slipped on a jacket, and opened the back door. I squeaked out a "UUUhhh" and she quickly said, "Oh yea, Grandma, can I go outside?" What a glorious learning experience for both Sarah and me! I gave her a big hug and praised her for being so responsible. And she continues to make me proud.
Linda, Anderson, CA