As a parent, you want to protect your child at all costs, and therein lies the heartache. Because as much as I want my teens to grow up to be admirable members of society, I must learn to grant them some privacy and allow them to be themselves.
I started the meeting by asking if I might give some perspective, noting that I had failed to offer them important insight to my child. Instead of assuming they knew what I did, I asked if they would allow me to help them understand my child so we could all work toward solutions.
I feel like all four of my kids had a show they predominantly obsessed over. So I don't want to complain too much about my two year old's love for Blaze because I know firsthand IT COULD BE WORSE.
He took time to admire the sky. "Airplane, Mommy, Airplane," he said. In this moment nothing else mattered. It took me away from of all of thoughts of "what if." Do I have dinner ready? What about the ants? What about the ground being too warm? Never mind all that.
If I may, I believe Montessori is the perfect solution for parents who’ve chosen not to put their children in preschool or Mother’s Day Out this fall, who want a laid back yet enriching home environment, don’t want to miss out on learning, and want to truly engage with their child in a meaningful way.
I put the jar of food back on the shelf, turned to Jensen and openly shared my truth: I’ve never been much of a cook, but if he was willing to be my sous-chef, I was willing to learn how to make our own baby food.
When it came to understanding and communicating with my baby, I continued to build on the baby sign language being taught at daycare. In doing so, communication between us is becoming more clear. I spend less time wondering if I’m guessing correctly and more time trusting in his growing independence, knowing that he will tell me his needs and wants.