Living Arrows – Inquisitiveness of Toddlers

Living Arrows – Inquisitiveness of Toddlers

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.

quirky but educational activities at The Eden Project



  1. 8th September 2015 / 10:08 am

    Oh, gorgeous! I love how inquisitive toddlers are – even things we think are boring, they love don’t they!

  2. John Milnes
    8th September 2015 / 11:02 am

    I can relate to this in so many ways. Even as they get older. their inquisitiveness never goes away.

    Great photograph. Thanks for sharing. #PointShoot


  3. Su {Ethan & Evelyn}
    8th September 2015 / 10:15 pm

    Such a sweet post. My Evelyn is also at the similar age. She copies Everything! Lovely photo and I love that drawers too. 🙂 #PointShoot

    • 10th September 2015 / 8:27 pm

      Thanks Su, it’s fab watching them working everything out. He’s been helping me load the washing machine today!

  4. 8th September 2015 / 11:12 pm

    Thank you, it’s hard when they’re into everything I just have to keep reminding myself he’s not doing it to annoy me.

  5. 12th September 2015 / 5:56 pm

    I love your approach. I always look at what my kids are doing in terms of learning. They are hardly ever actively being naughty. Instead, they’re exploring. At age 9, exploration is more of relationships and concepts than of the physical world, but they’re still exploring. Thanks for being part of #TwinklyTuesday.

    • 13th September 2015 / 7:37 pm

      I guess that’s a reminder that it never stops no matter what age they are. It’s hard not rushing in and presuming the worst.

  6. 13th September 2015 / 4:32 pm

    Such a cute picture. You are so right, it can seem that they are working against us sometimes when we are rushing, but as you say they are just learning. Thanks for linking up with #PointShoot x

    • 13th September 2015 / 7:35 pm

      thanks Aby, I forget sometimes that they have all the time in the world.

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