Try toilet swishing. Sass-mouthing. Monster pooping. We'd knock your socks off in the quickest roll and getaway by a 13-month-old during a diaper change.
It's not to say that I don't think my kids are wonderful, talented, and incredibly gorgeous.
Hello. Look at their mother.
But it's more that I don't necessarily want them to be known for what they can or can't do. Quinlan, the artist, Drew, the toilet swisher, and Fetus-Hathor, the brain sucker.
I want them to be known for who they are, and quite often that's very hard to communicate to someone else.
How do I really tell someone about my daughter's gentle spirit with a flair for the dramatic. Her patient heart when it comes to her unruly younger brother. Her creative mind that never stops working.
Or my son's twinkle in his eye, particularly when he is doing something he's not supposed to. And his wide, bright smile that greets me and my husband whenever we enter the room.
To some people, that's not impressive. And that won't get them into Harvard. Or make them a million dollars.
But honestly, speaking Chinese at two won't guarantee Harvard or a million dollars either.
And while nothing can guarantee happiness and personal fulfillment -- two things I desire most for my children -- I'm betting that a little less of the yoga, and perhaps, a little more focus on your child's spirit and strengths, might do them way more good than downward facing dog.
We're collaborating with the Strengths Movement and author Jenifer Fox, hoping to spread the word about her new book and this exciting educational movement that focuses on the various strengths your children posess rather than their limitations. I hope you'll consider bragging about your own kids today (damn, it felt good), and perhaps win some of the fantastic prizes we're offering.