Wow....so, we are trying to adjust to being a temporary family for our visitor. For privacy reasons, I will not be using his real name, so I will call him W.
Yesterday, W and Eli took advantage of the very real family fatigue and turned on some explosive energy. Unfortunately, it ended with tantrums and time-outs. Yikes! It made for a difficult evening, that's for sure. It was one of those afternoons that, after the boys were asleep in bed, I definitely wondered what in the world we'd gotten ourselves into.
Last night notwithstanding, W seems very happy and content in our home during this first 'honeymoon' period. He's a very cheerful little chap and pretty easy going. He's more energetic than Eli, and has significantly fewer verbal skills. The difference between W and Eli at age 3 is marked and dramatic. Truthfully, W development is about what Eli's was at 1 and a half; if I had to guess, I would say that W is on the low end of normal for most areas. I've witnessed him struggle with even a simple shape sorter that most kids his age have outgrown...even after being shown how to match the pieces several times. Perhaps it's not fair to compare Eli's development to W's...but it helps us understand both kids better. It's odd to remember that Eli was really taking off with reading at this time last year...while the only letter of the alphabet that W recognizes is....W.
So, we are definitely working on counting, numbers, shapes, colors, and ABC's with W. We are also working on self-help skills like dressing, pouring, and brushing teeth. Quite frankly, we're also working on teaching him about new foods...like fruits (he knew about bananas), vegetables, chicken, beef, and rice. We definitely have him in the kitchen with us as much as we can; we trying to teach him to help pour, stir, and follow directions.
With an entire week together under our belts, and with W enrolled in preschool (Eli is still doing a blended preschool/home school), we're sliding into a good routine. We will be shaking it up a little soon, with the addition of W's visitation times, but so far, so good.
In other words, we've got our work cut out for us!