Delayed gratification is a hard concept for many (most?) adults. So, you can imagine how hard it is for a two-year old. Even waiting for Mommy to go to the bathroom is too much many days, let alone waiting for noodles to cook for lunch. Which is why I am now torturing myself with an Advent calendar. Really, Clara loves it. She gets a piece of chocolate and “words” which tell her what our holiday activity for the day will be. But if I have to hear, “I want candy!” more than ten times tomorrow… She just doesn’t understand why she should have to wait until tomorrow to have another piece. But, its good for her, I keep telling myself. She’ll learn how to yearn for something and not have it yet. I’m just not sure what I’m learning from the experience.
I made my advent calendar based on this one at Kid’s Craft Weekly. It was actually easier than it looks, but don’t be mistaken, Clara did not help me make it. She only helped to empty the candy out of the cups.