Faux Pas of a Mommy Teacher

Faux pas is pronounced (fōh-pah) meaning “false step/mistake” in french.  We wouldn’t be mommy teachers without mistakes and learning experiences of our own along the way.  Don’t get me wrong, this is NOT a new concept to me, but here is my faux pas that started with great intentions:

Our decorative "Piggy Bank" …. in pieces!

But first, my great intentions….

Every time I post a Mommy Teacher activity I accommodate it for my 21 month old.  On President’s Day I was working on building his oral vocabulary of money by simply introducing the penny, encouraging him to put it in his pocket, and tracing a circle around the coin onto paper.  

My coin jar, aka Sean Patrick’s savings, was sitting on the baker’s rack in a not-so-long-ago unreachable spot, but I hadn’t assessed the situation in a while because he hadn’t paid any attention to it (pun intended).

My next oversight was allowing him to take notice of me as I took coins out of it for our mini lesson….which only peaked his curiousity in exploring the jar that I took the coins out of.

After the mini penny lesson, Sean Patrick was pulling the coin jar off the shelf before I could tell him to stop so I ran across the kitchen and swooped him up before the coin jar could crash on his feet. 

I spent the next hour picking all the coins and sweeping up the broken jar with strict guidelines for Sean Patrick to stay away so he wouldn’t get hurt….he listened and was consequently bored for some time. 

Yes, this is my son, and yes, he needs a haircut….I am a procrastinator and have been saying this needs to get done for about two months….yikes!

You gotta love when your day takes a detour (sarcasm implied). 

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4 Comments on Faux Pas of a Mommy Teacher

  1. Phyllia
    March 3, 2012 at 10:55 pm (6 years ago)

    Can I hear an “oopsie-daisie”? Good reminder that little ones grow and change so fast, that we have to constantly re-evaluate our child-proofing.

    • jcook3
      July 7, 2012 at 8:52 pm (6 years ago)

      I love when I read comments a day late and a dollar short (pun intended). I couldn’t agree more! This was a necessary reminder for me for sure!

  2. Jennifer Jean
    March 7, 2012 at 5:11 pm (6 years ago)

    This sounds just like my little guy! He’s 21 mos too (5/14). He is constantly trying to reach the counter and gets better reach everyday. He has dumped his sisters cup of water on his head 2-3 times. I’m a (music) teacher too. :p

    • jcook3
      July 7, 2012 at 8:54 pm (6 years ago)

      Haha I love that natural/logical yet non-harmful consequence. My son wouldn’t grab anything off the counter again if that was the case….he hates water in his face!


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