We all know that part of growing up involves watching others and doing as they do such as walking and talking but it recently occurred to me that my twins have started copying mundane things that we do on a daily basis. My daughter on picking up anything that remotely looks like a telephone (brick bridge?) holds it to her ear and says “ah ya!” closely followed by a long indecipherable monologue, resembling that of Trigger happy’s “I’M ON THE PHONE!!!!”. When running the bath if I forget the bathmat, which I often do, I will hear a SPLOSH! as one of them throws the mat into the bath ready for, as they have come to know it, ‘bath time fun!’. Our mealtimes have become a bit of a messy affair as they insist on feeding themselves and clearing the table after… onto the floor. On finding a brush they will attempt to run it through their hair unfortunately they are not so keen with a toothbrush.
I put it to you… with all these little day to day things being observed and mimicked what else are our children observing, absorbing and getting ready to mimic?