Weekend Open Thread

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  1. My son’s pre-K teacher (2 weeks into the school year) said that he is very hard on himself if he makes a mistake — we’re talking about a mistake tracing shapes on a piece of paper. Any advice for books or other things we can do to get the message through to him that it’s ok to need practice and it doesn’t matter if it’s not perfect?

    • mascot says:

      Maybe model how to recover after making a mistake? Goof something up in front of him, acknowledge that you made a mistake/had an accident, talk about how everyone makes mistakes including adults, and then show him how to recover and fix it. I also think praising the effort is good so he can see the value in continuing to try.

      • Anonymous says:

        Yes – and it might be helpful for you to read some stuff on growth mindset to think about how to approach this. I don’t necessarily find it intuitive but it really works (for kids and for me, frankly! My professional coach just gave me a speech on growth mindset for lawyers.)

    • Everyone recommends it here, but there’s a Daniel Tiger episode with a song that goes “keep trying, you’ll get be-heh-ter!” That, combined with talking about my own mistakes (per mascot above), seemed to really make a difference to my 3 yo perfectionist daughter, who cried when she couldn’t cut exactly on the black lines.

      • mascot says:

        Apparently the school talked about holding me back in kinder/1st (?) because I was really bad at cutting with scissors and hated coloring, even though I could read and do all the other work they asked me to. I like to think of myself as a successful adult despite these early stumbling blocks. Tell your daughter to keep her chin up.

        • Anonymous says:

          Yeh I also had not so great gross/fine motor skills (like had to go to PT as a pre-schooler) and I was fine all throughout school. Just an uncoordinated kid.

    • Anonymous says:

      “I’m Not Perfect,” by Laurie Berkner. It’s my mantra song.

      “11 Experiments that Failed,” by Jenny Offill.

      “Rosie Revere, Engineer,” by Andrea Beaty.

      The phrase, “Mistakes are just useful information,” by my kid’s first-grade teacher.

      “The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes,” by Mark Pett

      Good luck! My husband never learned this lesson and it continues to be something with which he struggles.

    • Anonymous says:

      One other thought. We send our kid to Camp Galileo, which is a STEM summer camp based on “design thinking,” and their curriculum is very focused on the idea that you try something, it fails, and you try again. If you have a chance, you might look to see whether there are classes or camps or enrichment activities in your area that emphasize this concept. Camp Galileo is in the Bay Area and Chicago (and maybe other places) and I can’t recommend it more highly.

  2. Speaking of mistakes, from the department of fascinating-child-development-news:


    At 15 months, babies will try harder if they see adults persisting at a task before succeeding.

  3. Booster seats? says:

    Happy weekend!

    Looking for recommendations for booster seats. My tall-for-her-age 21-month-old is fine in her cheap IKEA high chair, but because we have an extremely small breakfast nook, I’d like to transition her into something that doesn’t take up extra floor space. I was originally thinking of getting an Inglesina Fast Table Chair (figured it would also be nice for picnic tables when camping), but realized she’ll probably grow out of that before she’s tall enough to sit at the table without a booster. So, I’m looking for booster recommendations.

    Requirements: Easy-to-clean, relatively comfortable, will fit on not-huge chairs (ours are all inherited from my grandparents’ 1940s breakfast set).

    Bonus if it looks modern /steamlined (for a booster…I’m realistic). For example, no pastel patterns, ideally neutral colors. Also bonus if easily transported.

    Thank you!

    • Anonymous says:

      We bought the Fisher Price Healthy Care Booster for travel and liked it – it’s really portable and the trays go in the dishwasher. Not plush, but plush=hard to clean.

  4. We used this after my 1 y/o started hating the high chair. My older daughter used it until around 2, at which point she just sat in a chair. She sat on her knees because she was too short but she much preferred it to a booster. https://www.amazon.com/phil-teds-Lobster-Highchair-Red/dp/B0019AC8GE

    We’ve also used this one at friends houses ($$ but you find them used a lot). May not work if you’re short on space but even the 4 y/o s will use it. https://www.amazon.com/Stokke-Tripp-Trapp-Highchair-Walnut/dp/B001D1505A

  5. For the booster seats post– there are a million little high chairs that strap on to a regular chair– I think ours was summer infant. Fwiw Ikea chair is easier to clean. However our tall for his age kid was doing ok in regular chairs around 24 mo. Not perfect but totally works. We still have the Ikea chair out at 2.5 because we have space, but it’s basically used by visited babies. So maybe don’t splurge on the booster!

  6. October says:

    Re: Booster Seats – we have the Ingenuity SmartClean Toddler Booster Seat. Small, easy to clean and not bad to look at. Also easy to take with you when traveling. My son has been in it since he was able 18 months.

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