Ever since Aubrey was born, she has been a pretty well-behaved, laid back little girl. As a toddler, she never tried to escape from the shopping cart, climb on the household furniture or touch the electrical cords plugged into the wall. She was content playing with a puzzle or reading a book.
My 22-month-old, however, has made it clear that she is intent on pushing me to my limit as she tries to explore the world around her. She is constantly on the move, zooming around the house like a tornado, leaving destruction in her path.
If she’s not trying to tug on electrical cords, she is probably making an effort to climb on top of the piano or raid the refrigerator. Just the other night I found a big bottle of mustard under my eldest daughter’s loft bed. When I couldn’t find the brick of cheese I needed, all I had to do was ask Riley. She led me right to where she had so cleverly hidden it – in the small opening between the fridge and the cabinet.
But the tough part about parenting such an…um…curious child isn’t trying to keep her out of trouble. The challenge is trying not to smile when she walks out into the living room with a loaf of bread or chuckle when she climbs into her water table and yells “bath!”
My brown-eyed trouble maker requires a lot of attention, but she brings so much joy to our home. I am just praying that with enough parental guidance she is able to reign in her exploratory side during her teen years!Category Uncategorized