Friday, February 18, 2011
Letter of the Week....H is for Hands (and hands are not for hitting!)
Little girls are cute and small only to adults. To one another they are not cute. They are life-sized. ~Margaret Atwood
How true is this?? This quote is from Ms. Atwood's novel "Cat's Eye" about the torturous relationships between pre-teen girls (on my must-read list....I hadn't heard of it but am a huge fan of A Handmaid's Tale, and I was surprised to learn that it was published in 1989, right when I was entering the "tween" years myself. Now as a mom of two girls I am desperate to arm myself with knowledge of girl culture, bullying, etc...but that is a whole 'nother tangent!) Anyway, this quote also applies to my own two and a half year old sweetheart and her BFF- who I babysit several times a week- and who have not yet entered the "relational aggression" stage and are still simply in the old-fashioned survival-of-the-fittest mode that includes, but is not limited to, pushing, grabbing, hitting, and sometimes biting. Sheesh.
Fittingly, in a particularly aggressive week, we landed on letter H. I know there is a book called "Hands are not for Hitting" which we do not have, and I didn't fit in a trip to the library, so I improvised and made up our own little mantra (complete with hand actions and ends with a group hug!!) The girls loved it, and we have used it and revisited as needed :)
And the H page from Greta's slow-growing ABC book:
Happy weekend, y'all!
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