What happens when a baby turns into a toddler? Every aspect of life is suddenly new again. Life can be seen from a different angle, items can be carried along with them, and they have more agility and speed to explore and inspect their surroundings.
My daughter started walking this week and ultimately that means she is a toddler. As I wipe the tears from my eyes while saying this, my heart still leaps for joy at the new possibilities this provides. I realized that the life of a baby is so very new, intimidating, and full of obstacles while the world of a toddler is such a fairy tale. They can manipulate their environment, go where they please, problem solve, and achieve the mightiest of conquests!
That first walk across the living room floor last night was more than a physical milestone, it was the cover of our story book being opened. Along with walking, whistling and pointing have become favorites in our home this past week. All together it made our first day of having a toddler a blast. What did we do? Go on a hike of course!
Instead of wearing or carrying her, having her walk with me helped me teach her. It was enlightening to see her guide me through such a wonderful adventure in the woods. She showed me her desires by walking where she pleased and pointing at what interested her. We pointed at trees as I told her how big, tall, and old each of them was. We found little shoots of baby mimosa tress and we felt their soft leaves as we talked about how they grow and grow and grow. She picked flowers and even tried to eat the dirt. And she just stood there, quietly listening. She held her hands up as if to soak in the overwhelming beauty that silence and nature have to offer.
It was beautiful to be able to not just sit, but to truly explore.
As parents, we are narrators to the world. How do you help tell your child’s story?
Kara is an author and advocate for positive, grace-filled parenting. She is homeschooler to her 4 children living in Boston, MA and believes in creative educational approaches to help kids dive deeper into a rich learning experience. She has her degree in Secondary Education & Adolescent Childhood Development and is passionate about connecting with and helping other parents on their journey to raise awesome kids!