This school year has marked the beginning of some major changes in our family. My sweet son who has always been my best little buddy has become a challenge. I am not quite sure how to parent him right now. He is pushing every one of my buttons – teasing his brothers by taking away their favorite toys only to place them just out of their reach. Throwing out toys on the floor and walking away. Mr social butterfly is getting in fights in school and comes home sad about someone who called him names (and he has called too). My usual tactic of talking things out isn’t working. Getting frustrated and talking about making correct choices isn’t working. I have no idea what to do next.
The one thing that he is really excited about is Yamaha piano lessons. We began classes right at the beginning of school. Once a week we attend classes at Sonata Yamaha here in Calgary. Unlike the one on one piano lessons of my youth, this class has about 12 children and each child attends along with a parent. At first I was confused as to how we would learn music notes but it has been quite the advantage. When it comes time to practice at home the parents are familiar with the songs and the correct way it should be done. Because he is so young, the lessons are not as intense as the lessons I remember but are disguised as fun games and songs. Its quite brilliant. We have been listening to the CD’s in the car while running errands and it helps with the songs being familiar, as well as watching the DVDs.
Cute story – on the first day of class we were given a work book, song book, CD, and DVD along with a bag to bring back and forth. I thought that Jett would proclaim the purple bag as a “girl color” but instead he looked at my confused and said “its a purse?” I said, well no, its just a bag for your music books! Later, while driving home, I heard him tell his brothers “I can’t believe I got a purse!”. He is so excited to have his own little purse. Its so cute, as long as his dad doesn’t hear him call it that!
We are participating in piano lessons with Yamaha Music Canada. Each month we will write an update on how the lessons are going until the end of the year.