|This is me (as a kid obviously) at a museum in England. Look at those crossed arms…I was either really upset at having to take a photo, following my mom’s instructions not to touch anything or just being cute. I like to think it was the latter. =)|
Brooklyn is not one for negotiating at this point in her life. There are two ways to do things…her way and her way. This stage interests me because they go from indifferent and cooperative to opinionated and crazy stubborn. I have been thinking about why this needs to happen.
As Brook grows, she faces her physical and mental challenges with a smile on her face. Nothing is too hard for her, even when in reality it is. She actually cries and throws a fit when I try to help her. She has a fierce independence and never doubts the endless possibilities. This grit to learn and grow is essential to her progression and she has no reason to believe that she won’t succeed. And most toddlers do succeed. They go from complete dependence on Mom and Dad to feeding themselves, climbing everything in sight and trying to do nearly everything on their own. Most have a healthy dose of caution and some learn it very quickly…like when Brooklyn tried to go down the stairs like a big kid at 10 months.
What I have learned is that I can face my adversity or challenges the same way. With a healthy dose of logic, I can do anything I want to do. Children believe in themselves and as adults, we should believe in ourselves just as much. My daughter gets out of her own way and when adults try to take away her learning experience, fury ensues. I want to be just as resolved to have the learning experiences that will help me become better and more capable.
Here’s to persistence and perseverance, my friends!
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