A Computer for Toddlers

Toddler ComputerToddler Computerage two: “Papa, what you doing?”

me: “I’m writing.”

age two: “Oh. You witing on your pooter?”

me: “Yes, I’m writing on my computer.”

age two: “Oh. You reading on your pooter?”

me: “Yes, I’m reading on my computer, too.”

age two: “Oh. You have pictures on your pooter?”

me: “Yes, I have pictures on my computer.”

age two: “We look at them?”

me: “No, not right now, I’m working.”

age two: “Oh. You working on your pooter?”

me: “Yes, I’m almost done.”

age two: “Oh. I push buttons?”

me: “No, please don’t push any buttons.”

age two: “I want to push buttons.”

me: “Not right now, honey.”

age two: “I want to. I want pooter.”

me: “I love you. Go tell mama she wants you.”

age two: “Oh. She wants me?”

me: “I hear her thinking about you.”

age two: “Oh. She thinking bout me?”

me: “Yes, and sissy has some cool stuff in her room to show you.”

age two: “Not her room! It my room! My cool ‘tuff!”

me: “Quick! Look over there!”

age two: “You see spider?”

me: “Yes, it just ran upstairs. Go see where it’s going.”

(little feet climbing the stairs)

I go upstairs later and she’s got her Etch-a-Sketch on her lap and is concentrating really hard on it.

me: “What are you doing?”

age two: “Me witing on my pooter.”

me: “Oh. Writing?”

age two: “Yes, and weading.”

me: “Oh. You have pictures on your computer?”

age two: “Yes, me have pictures on my pooter.”

me: “We look at them?”

age two: “Not right now. Me working.”

me: “Oh. You’re working on your computer?”

age two: “Yes, I almost done.”

me: “I push buttons?”

age two: “No. You go ‘way. I busy.”

I love toddler logic. Now if we could just have one two-year-old, instead of the Jekyll and Hyde transformation (super-cool, mellow and articulate sweetheart turning into a raging wild animal that doesn’t speak english.)

Aaah… it’s all good.

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Derek Markham

Things I dig include: simple living, natural fatherhood, attachment parenting, natural building, unassisted childbirth (homebirth), bicycles, permaculture, organic and biodynamic gardening, vegan peanut butter cookies with chocolate chips, bouldering, and the blues. Find me elsewhere at @NaturalPapa, @DerekMarkham, Google+, or RebelMouse.

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