One area of training that Chris and I have neglected to tackle yet is in teaching J-man to sit still (for any length of time). His nickname as an infant was Wiggle and he has held true to his mobile ways into toddlerhood. When folks watch J for the first time, I’m often asked, “How do you keep up with him?!” because he doesn’t stop for anything.
However, we’d like to have J with us for the singing portion in Sunday service sometime soon, have a couple of flights coming up and generally think that sitting still is a good thing to learn for a young chap. I admit, I have been thoroughly intimidated by the idea of training Jonathan to sit still or quietly. But, his comprehension of instructions is improving and self-control will be good to learn young so that he can build on a good foundation as he gets older.
Today we took the plunge with carpet square time. Maybe a 2’x2′ square is a little small to start with for a toddler who doesn’t usually contain himself to one room, but the principle would be the same no matter the space constraint and we happen to have boxes of carpet squares waiting to be installed…so he got a square.
Our first day was 10 minutes with innumerable reminders to stay put and several shepherding missions on my part to retrieve my wandering sheep. I think J understood the concept, but forgot it any time he saw something more interesting off the square and two or three times he deliberately disregarded my instructions.
We’ve definitely got a ways to go. Any sage advice from moms who have won this battle with their toddlers would be much appreciated.