|"I have a cape like Super Lukie!"|
When you are a 3 year old like Lukas, every day is chock full of golden opportunities to learn new and interesting things about the big, fascinating world around you.
And as parents Mrs. LIAYF and I take joy in converting every opportunity that presents itself into a learning experience for him. We read him multiple books each day, try to answer all of his "why" questions with well thought out explanations, engage him in conversations about his day, and attempt to expose him to new and interesting experiences that will foster his cognitive and emotional development.
All that being said, he seems like a pretty bright kid, so therefore I figure we must be doing a relatively decent job of not screwing him up with our efforts.
But the extent of his learning doesn't stop there. Not by any means. For instance he is also the star pupil and currently the only enrollee in what could be considered our very own school of goofiness. It's kind of like Hogwarts if you replaced the witchcraft and wizardry part with silliness and goofballery. You could call it Laughwarts. Which I guess that would make me his Prof. Dumbledad.
I say this because not a day goes by where we are not goofing around with Lukas, making him laugh, teasing him, tickling him, making strange voices, or flashing him goofy looks at him for laughs. Thankfully, these tricks usually work. The end result is that we don't end up taking life too seriously. And we kid around and laugh. Often. I'd like to think we (mostly me really) are also teaching him some good life lessons by having this fun.
And so far I have been impressed with Lukas' study habits here at Laughwarts. They seem to be paying off nicely. For example, just the other day I was getting breakfast together while Mrs. LIAYF was readying Lukas for school. It was taking them a while, so I paused and walked to the living room to see if I could hear if they were on their way.
That's when Lukas suddenly jumped out from behind the wall with a roar, completely surprising me. Startled, I jumped back defensively. Pleased with his own efforts, he proceeded to laugh uncontrollably at that one.
Ah yes, the comedic force is strong in this one.
Personally, I love all this fun we have. I am a natural goofball, and being a dad has given me the outlet to keep things around Casa LIAYF loose and light. And although my little guy is progressing nicely with his training here, he is now where near ready to graduate to the big leagues. Rest assured Dumbledad still has a few tricks and secrets up his sleeve left to teach.
Maybe even a whole chamber of them.
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