What are your basic house expectations/rules for your children at what ages? Especially those of you with more than 1 pretty close in age.
I take care of my nephew during the school year and anytime during the summer my sister has something or teaches summer school. I have him this week, and then I get June off and will have him again in July, then again when school starts in the fall.
He is 3.5 and pretty much exactly 18 months older than Mason.
Would you have different expectations for each since obviously the older one can and knows better in many cases?
My nephew is constantly copying Mason. Mason is learning to talk, and is just now starting to say some sentences but usually Mason tells me in one word what he wants saying "outside" "water" etc. But Trey has been able to ask "Can we go outside, please?" etc for a long time now. But he will sit there and say "outside, outside, outside, outside" in a babyish voice. I have told him over and over that he will not get what he wants by acting like that.
I am sure he is trying to get attention, but I usually ignore him until he asks me properly so that he isn't getting attention for acting like that. But yet he still keeps doing it.
Also what are your expectations/rules for dinner time? Are your little ones required to sit at the table even if they refuse to eat? Or if they don't want to eat do you just let them down? Do you let them come back and forth to the table?