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What "superpower" do you have as a caregiver?

Diane Hoelter
June 2, 2018

Thank you to everyone who answered last week's question!   This week's question is: 

What "superpower" do you have as a caregiver?

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I have the ability to connect with children :)

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My ability to resolve a situation, and to easily calm down a fit-throwing child.

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Some of the best superpowers I've been suspected of having by parents and children:

- I can get any child to ask for vegetables! Steamed asparagus, shredded boiled cabbage, roasted Brussels sprouts, sauteed greens or the sauerkraut the kids helped make three weeks ago? These are all clearly excellent options for 9 am second breakfasts... as long as I happen to be the one enjoying them with clear fork licking gusto for my first breakfast. Because who doesn't like a tasty snack of homegrown, homemade fermented bean sprouts on the playground? No veggies taste as delicious as the ones you stop Nanny from eating! This has been illustrated enough times that I no longer question the awesome power within me that wordlessly compels perfectly ordinary children to turn from simple carbs and refined sugar in order to harness the power of veggies. I just accept it, and let it all feed into my dastardly plans of growing healthy kids.

-My hairbrush skills seem to go beyond the realm of superpowers and straight into magical. From little girls and boys alike, I will often get cries of "but Ms. Elaina, you didn't wash my hair tonight! Don't let the water out yet!" I could easily dispell the illusion and say it isn't magic, it's muscle memory, manual dexterity, patience and many, many years of practice brushing my own hair, my dolls hair, my sisters' hair, their friends hair, my friends hair, the cats, dogs, bunnies and other critters... but I don't really think I want to blow my cover like that! If you were this awesome, would you?

- I don't do any kid's chores, ever. Yet somehow, they are always magically done. One of the childhood memories I get the most amusement out of is my mother telling us "I had four children so you could help ME with the chores!" We didn't have chore charts. We didn't have bribery. We were simply told to do it and proceeded accordingly. It built independence, responsibility and a sense of being a piece of a whole, rather than a sense of dependency or entitlement. More awesome mom quips? "If you can make a mess, you can clean it up. It's the same action, in reverse. " That might not be exactly true speaking physiologically or in terms of physics, but hey... it's still working!

-High tech battery powered toys that flash, light up, spin around, play music and careen wildly around my living room are not nearly as much fun as the baskets of sticks and stones, seashells, seeds, small fossils, geodes, and other natural materials that I treat as though they are highly prized, very special and of the utmost value. Know what a good time is? The empty box our amazon delivery came in, and that basket of empty paper towel tubes and bits of string I've been saving "for a rainy day." In fact, battery operated toys are strictly prohibited from crossing the threshold of my lair. Seriously. They are my kryptonite (but don't use that against me). As soon as parents leave, all such dissenting toys meet an untimely demise, dismembered and dispersed throughout closets, crawl spaces and kitchen drawers as a challenge to any other obnoxious birthday and holiday gifts from well-meaning aunts and uncles who have no children of their own. I stand undefeated.

-"I didn't know my kid could do that!"Why, yes, your 9-month-old does use the potty on cue. Why, yes, your 12.6-month-old did walk to the playground. Why, yes, your 18-month-old can write his name. Why yes, your 26-month-old does sit politely in a restaurant and eat a full meal without throwing food, dropping dishes or having a meltdown. Why, yes, your 3-year-old can read, add and subtract. "What can I say except 'you're welcome!'" Cue the hero music, if-you-please-and-thank-you.

Capes up, y'all. Capes up.

What a refreshing and entertaining response :D I definitely cued the hero music for you all the way from Jersey!

That was wonderful! Thanks!

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User in Woburn, MA
June 7, 2018

My overall patience with children are considered a superpower. I find that having this quality is beneficial, especially when challenging behavior occurs.

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My super power is making the children and elderly feel important by being caring, compassionate and fun.

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Renee in Ocala, FL
June 5, 2018

I have to patience of Jobe I can relate to people young and old.

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My family, friends and former families call me the BABY WHISPER!!! LOL

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I am able to comfort and help your child feel confident in our home. I am able to help your child be independent .

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My "Super Power" is Love ❤️When you love what your doing for others and spread love and not hate , it is a reward in itself and a "Super Super Super Power" that can help you get through just about anything!

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Hi! I have a super friendly attitude, I am super understanding and super empathetic with their feelings. I always transmit knowledge and fun to the kids. They learn to dance before walking and their first words are always in Spanish. hehehe! I also love to help them improve their motor skills and I am super good and making them feel love and that they are important :)

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I think my most useful superpower when it comes to care-giving is my patience - I can wait out any tantrum and play the same game as many times as a child likes.

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