Sunday, February 17, 2008

"Actually, I'm pretty great at it."


Calvin has never lacked confidence. A healthy self-image is a good thing, but I often wonder if he isn't a little too enthusiastic about himself. Case in point: I recently walked in to Calvin's group violin lesson to hear my three year-old state to the parents, teachers, and fellow students gathered around him "Yes, actually, I'm pretty great at it." I have no idea what his boast was in reference to, but according to Calvin, he is "pretty great" at everything.

Perhaps we have indulged him too much at home. RB and I both have told him that he is smart, fast, brave, can jump high, throw hard, kick far, etc. It would seem, however, that Calvin's little mind just adds "-est" to everything we say. And since he is "the fastest," if he engages in a race where he doesn't win- watch out. I've seen him take out unsuspecting friends running ahead of him who had no clue they were in an actual race. Alternatively, if he is losing he has yelled from the top of his lunges, "THIS ISN'T A RACE," and he then proceeds to start walking and not restart the competition until he has gained an advantageous position again.

This became more concerning when I noticed a growing trend in his conversations. His normal comments changed from, "I'm fast" to "I'm faster than you". We sat Calvin down and talked about how he won't always be the fastest and how saying that type of thing can make other people feel sad. Calvin still wasn't grasping the idea, so I had to simplify it into banning all sentences with the words "than you." So far, it seems to be working.

A friend of mine came up with a great idea of setting up a little race at one of the parks here for all of the children interested. I asked Calvin if he would be up for a real running race and his eyes almost popped out of his head as he said, "YES MOM! Because I'm the fastest and I'll beat everybody!" I explained to him that big boys and girls would also be racing, so it is ok if he doesn't come in first place- as long as he does his best. Trying to reassure me, he said, "It's ok mom, I'll just biff the big boys into the grass." Great.

10 comments:

Julia said...

good job R.B. Your children have inherited a superior attitude that took you years to perfect...

Kristin said...

At least he is confident, you can't teach that.

AnnDee said...

I'm interested to see Jake and Calvin in that race together! I'm sure there will be blood and tears involved! Your boys are so dang cute.

AnnDee

LONICA said...

Your kids have such awesome personalities, you can't teach that! I wish Calvin the best of luck in all races!

Steph said...

I wonder how Calvin would've done in the Block Olympics....

Cindy said...

Calvin you are the greatest boy ever, and the best Calvin I know! Care, I love to read your adventures with your boys! You'll be able to write a best seller with your experiences!

Anthony said...

I guess it is better than a lack of confidence. He is still my hero

Kris said...

I know what you mean Carolee. And I peronally will never "beat" Calvin in a race again. Last time I was at your place, you all know what happened when I accidentally "won". I thought I'd be banished from the Jones household for eternity!

su-tang 3000 said...

RB always told me he was fastest as well. And then Butler said the same. It turned out I was the fastest. I didn't even have to try.

marionwjones said...

Well, I love the stories about your little boys. I love Calvin's self confidence! Isn't it wonderful that you can save all of these great memories on the computer?
Aunt Marion