She's not that keen on finishing play and sitting down to eat her food, so when I said it was lunch time and put a bib on her she put her head in her hands and started crying as if her world was ending. That didn't seem to get a reaction from me so she threw herself prostrate on the floor and started kicking her legs. I still didn't react, I brought in her plate and told that Peppa Pig was coming on tv, she stood up,sat at the table and proceeded to eat all her lunch,over- reaction or what?
She is now stringing a sentence together but sometimes it's difficult to catch what she is saying,when we finally do get it she lets us know we are right by jumping up and down and saying,"Yes! Yes!"
She expresses all happiness by jumping for joy, such is the life of a toddler, they can get away with anything.
Whether it's going for a walk or bringing out the playdough, she will jump up and down with anticipation.
Are we too reserved in the way we express ourselves? We say words like, wonderful, amazing, terrific when we hear good news when really we want to jump for joy. If we did, strange looks would be thrown our way, we Brits just don't do that.
We have often seen portrayed on television the way some cultures do express their feelings more than we do. Extreme grief brings them together as a community to weep and wail, it's the only way they know.
Happiness may be shown in the form of dancing and, yes, jumping up and down for joy.
We expect our children to learn how to behave,we stop the temper tantrums, the falling down on the floor and kicking of legs. We tell them not to cry when they can't get what they want and to behave in public, in other words,to hide their true feelings, keep them bottled up inside. As we quell this behaviour does it also stop them from jumping for joy as they get older? Do we condition our children to keep their true feelings to themselves?
How many times when waiting in a queue, or waiting over an hour and a half for a hospital appointment (yes,that was me) do we really want to express our true feelings, instead we hold them all inside and let rip when we get home, behind closed doors.
We are only being polite by not showing how annoyed we are but if I had taken my granddaughter to that appointment (like I so nearly did) I'm sure she would have been lying on the floor kicking her legs and screaming that she wanted to go home. Exactly how I felt but couldn't express it.
Are we also too afraid to show genuine joy to other people in case we upset them with our happiness or maybe seem smug?
It's a tightrope we walk when teaching our children and grandchildren how to live in the real world, we don't want to dampen down those expressions of excitement and happiness but in controlling the showing of displeasure do we also control the showing of joy?
I would love to know what you think.
Do you remember this advert?
I have started to jump with joy with my granddaughter but it does your knees no good.