Sunday, March 11, 2012


One important thing Tristan has learned is the ability to empathize or have empathy for others. He learned this behavior through a combination of Nathan and I teaching him to apologize when he was mean or played too rough (especially with Bailey) and from the observation of others. He always will say, "sawree". Here are a few cute ways he expresses his empathy:

Bam! (loud noise)
Tristan, what was that?
He runs in the bathroom where I am at. He looks at me with a sad face and cocks his head to the side and says, "Sawree, sawree" while pointing to the stairs. He was telling me that he was sorry for dropping (or possibly throwing) his Charlie the Brown book down the stairs. The look on his face when he told me was soooo adorable!

Tristan will have two armfuls of trucks and his big airplane and try to maneuver from one side of the room to the other. Well, there may be a time when he does this that Nathan and I are in his way and he may accidentally bump into us while trying to get to the other side of the room. "Sawree, sawree." We are trying to teach him to say "Excuse me" instead, but he most likely has observed others say "sorry" when they bump into another person when we are out and about. It's funny the things he observes. 

Tristan fell down today while we were at the B&O Railroad Museum and hurt his hands in the process on the gravel. "Sawree, sawree," he says. "You don't have to be sorry, " Nathan and I both remind him......he is such a sweet little man. 

Our goal is to not have Tristan feel like he has to apologize for everything, but to know when is the right time to apologize to someone. We definitely would like for him to learn to take ownership of his actions so that he grows up not only to be an empathetic individual, but also not to be someone who is so full of pride that he cannot admit when he made a mistake. The world is filled with too many of those people. Our goal is to make sure he doesn't become one of them too. :)

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