The weeks seem to be flying by now and I’m struggling to keep up with all the new things Toddler’s doing, which is why I’m so glad that I can document some milestones on this blog. On a recent trip to Cornwall I watched in awe as he took in all the sights and sounds of the many wonderful things he could explore. It seems that he’s constantly checking out how to do ‘life’ from loading the washing machine, painting the house, putting things in the bin, even putting moisturiser on after a bath.
This is such an age of innocence, there’s no gender differences, he just copies every one regardless of whether they’re male or female, young or old. He takes it all in. There are many occasions where I hold back a firm ‘no’ in the hope he’ll learn right from wrong or stop myself throwing my arms in the air in despair, as he’s emptying the dishwasher as I load it. One of the beauties of reflective and positive parenting is the constant reminder to myself that toddlers have an in-built drive to experience everything. Their brains are willing them to go out in the world and get as much information as possible and that most of the little things my boy is doing, as annoying as it could be, is simply him trying out something he’s seen us do before.
He has no concept of time. As I rush around from one chore to another, trying to cram as much into my day as a work from home, busy mum of three. He has all the time in the world to empty a cupboard or take all the laundry off the clothes airer which I carefully hung up. My boy isn’t naughty, he’s learning, and it’s me who needs to take a step back and enjoy the moment, see the world through his eyes.
Play is child’s work and we’ve both got an important job to do.