Desmond tried to make a potato clock on his own from a STEM kit he got for Christmas. It was Ages 8+. But I was in the kitchen, putting stuff away, and he made an irreversible mistake that rendered the whole project unusable.

When Derek explained what had happened, Desmond cried and cried. I felt so sorry for him that I almost cried, too. I tried to comfort him, but he was inconsolable.

I made the mistake of saying I’d buy him another one, and when I went onto Amazon, the Nat Geo version we had cost $77! I ended up ordering a far less expensive one with a similarly high rating from a different website.

I asked Desmond if he wanted to help Aislyn make fake snow with her Snow-in-a-Bucket kit. At first he didn’t seem that interested, but now he’s really into it. They’re playing in the fake snow right now.

They don’t both have all of their snow gear, yet, for this year. I figured this was the next best thing. I made it one time with my preschool students. Then I saw it at the store for $10 and I thought my own kids would enjoy it.

Anyway, I’m glad he’s feeling better and that I was able to help this time. Often, I feel like I only make things worse by intervening.

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