Thursday, January 12, 2006
One of Zara's favourite book was about Jojo a baby who likes to play with his food instead of eating it. Every time when Zara misbehaves, we'll ask her if she's yai-yai (Chinese: naughty in a mild form) like Jojo. Actually Jojo isn't really naughty, just playful, but it was appropriate to use this to teach Zara. A few days ago Tuyam told me this conversation took place when she was looking after Zara, and Zara was throwing her toys in a tantrum. Tuyam : You naughty huh? You Jojo? Zara : Za-ah! Tuyam : You not Zara, you naughty, you Jojo! Zara : *pointed to her chest* Za-ah! Tuyam : You Jojo! Zara : *kicked her legs, about to cry, pointed to her chest* Za-ah! Tuyam : Ok Ok, you Zara, not Jojo. This morning I was changing to my work clothes and Daddy was in the shower. Zara walked into the bathroom, and started tapping the shower screen. Me: (while adjusting my clothes) Zara, what are you doing? No response from the bathroom, so I went to check on her, guess what I saw? Zara had her hands in the toilet bowl playing with the water! *YUCKS* Me: *rushed to her and slapped her hands* Zara, yai yai! Mummy told you cannot touch that! It's big people's potty! The poo poo goes in there!! Very dirty! Zara touched it, get germs, then stomach PAIN PAIN! (Had to say the above phrase by phrase, so she could understand) Zara: *clapped her hands* beat! Me: *scooped her up* Yeah, mummy beat beat Zara because Zara yai-yai! Zara: *stared at me* (I think she knows she's at fault) Me: *brought her to the sink* Now your hands are dirty, must wash hands! Zara obediently let me wash her hands. After cleaning her up, I brought her out of the room. Zara : *pointed to her mini library* Jojo! *clapped her hands* Beat! Me: Yes! Zara yai yai like Jojo lo, that's why mummy beat beat! Next time don't be yai-yai any more ok? Not sure if she understood my 'long lacture' in the bathroom and will not pull that stunt again, but she definitely knows how to relate to Jojo.