Applause.
July 13, 2010

Awhile back, a fellow mom friend brought her baby by the house and told me LOOKY HERE, guess what her son could do?  He could clap!  She set all seven or eight months of her son down on my kitchen floor and then started making silly faces at him and clapping.  And the next thing you knew, that boy was clapping too.

It had never before occurred to me to teach Charlotte how to clap.

I suppose that every parent has this happen to them at some point.  I try to do new activities and go new places with my daughter every week, but sometimes I still find that another parent has taught their child something that never even crossed my mind.  My child can point to her belly and she can tickle me and she knows what blowing raspberries means, but clapping?  Clapping is sort of a foreign notion in our home.

After my friend left the house that day, I decided that I was going to teach Charlotte to clap.  She was going to clap if it was the last damned thing I taught her.  So I did what parents everywhere do - danced like a fool and clapped like a madman.  And pretty soon, my daughter lifted both of her arms and started to flap them around, like she was trying to mimic that clapping thing I was doing, but she just couldn’t quite figure it out.

It took another day or two before she finally clapped, and I was proud beyond words.  YAY!, I cheered, YAY!  IT’S THE CLAP!

So pretty much, if you want to ruin a wonderful family moment?  Yell out the street name for a venereal disease.  WORKS LIKE A CHARM.


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  1. By Cynthia A on July 13, 2010

    I soo hear you on this, we never really thought to teach Bailey to clap, we are trying now :)  she looks at us and smiles, that is enough for me!!

  2. By on July 13, 2010

    At one of Judes doctor appointments we were asked if he was waving goodbye yet. In our house we do little waving and a lot of hugging when it comes to good byes. My son hugs like a champ, but I had never thought to actually teach hm to wave.

  3. By Heidi on July 13, 2010

    I’ve tried so hard to teach Molly to clap (and wave) and she’d rather me do it…she laughs and waves her hands around, and she waves at the fan and the car and the diaper bag, but never at an actual person.  I’m trying to give it a break - I think she senses how much I NEED her to do those things.  This is the girl that just started crawling yesterday…I think her motto is “Why should I do it when you’re going to get that toy over there for me if I look cute enough?“

  4. By Megan on July 13, 2010

    Im glad Im not the only one who didnt think to teach my first kid how to clap…

  5. By BLOG PELAJARAN on June 21, 2016

    It took another day or two before she finally clapped, and I was proud beyond words.  YAY!, I cheered, YAY!  IT’S THE CLAP!


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