Ever since we got back from Japan, I discovered another reason why raising children in a close knit community, either family, friends or neighbours, is awesome.
By having many “parental figures”, children will have more exposure to different things, and consequently, they’ll learn different things too.
Little E has a lot more words in his vocabulary and he understands more things. It could be that he is older, but the things he knows are things that I wouldn’t have taught him. For example, we now count each step of the stairs. When prompted, he knows his numbers (up to 9, though he doesn’t seem to like the number 7). We go up and down the stairs at home, I never thought to count our steps. He did with the grandparents, and he now can count.
Another is him being able to look for the moon. He asks every night to see it and being Canberra, it has been too cloudy. It must have been a nightly ritual with Grandma and Papa in Qld.
I guess everyone has different ideas of what is important and interesting to teach children. By spending time with these people, you basically have different teachers for your kids :)
What do you guys think? Am I just talking rubbish???
Also, this confirmed that just because someone else’s parenting style is different to yours, it doesn’t mean they’re wrong. They’re just different :)