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Let your Toddlers Grow in accordance with Their Milestones
“Dad, use this” with strong conviction! A statement of our baby amused me to the hilt thinking that those tiny screwdrivers were not meant for the truck nor for his motorbike to be fixed.
He has the guts to give it to his dad with intensity that he would surely needed it. The way he handed him the tiny screwdriver gave an impression to me that Sage knew exactly what was needed to be done for his motorbike.
Sage’s Messy Mechanical Skill with his Father: Those Motorbike and Truck Moments
His innocent gestures of checking on the brake and other parts of the motorbike, stepping on it to make sure it worked well with the aid of his dad were just so fun to look at. He's just always on the go. Sage has a lot of surprises for us. We loved how bubbly, inquisitive, and remodeling everything he’d seen at 29 months old
It's just so entertaining to see that our baby copied and followed things we would say. Things that he's still figuring out by himself, led him to duplicate what has been said.
For example, when I say, "good night baby, I love you or mommy loves you!" he would reply with the same phrase, "goodnight" with the word "baby" on it where the first time he heard me saying it. He couldn't identify just yet that he has to say "mommy instead of baby!" His reply was exactly my statement!
But now at least he can say, "good night mommy, I love you!" there's now a distinction and identification between a mommy and a baby!
These phrases are so essential to be inculcated in our babies' brain and they need to hear these often. It boosts their self-confidence, securing self-esteem. Repetitive and daily affirmations are so crucial in their growth.
Remember that before they would have acquired any self-knowledge, PARENTS play a pivotal role into their well-being.
This is our good night statement before dozing off to sleep and "bonjour" greeting as soon as he woke up.
His morning routine with us in the toilet, like brushing his teeth, taking a quick shower is now in order as well as his potty training. Sage knew what to do when he wanted to use his potty.
On the weekdays as he goes off to the Childminding, he would choose what shirts to put on while on the weekend as our bonding moment if not chillin at the beach, Sage would grab my hand and vehemently say, "mommy, come baby works!"
We gave him that old laptop to play or mess up around with.
Toddlers Loved to Play! Should Parents be Always on Guard?
As a general rule, toddlers shouldn't be inactive for more than 1 hour at a time, except for sleeping. That's a lot of work for parents and caregivers, but a lot of much-needed activity for toddlers. (Source here)
I want to keep this statement as it is implying that some parents are so on guard towards their children to the point of not letting them get hurt ( physically though not drastically).
Sage at 29 months old always has more freedom to do what makes him happy as he has a lot of choices to play around with. His favorite word at all times is "taye! taye...which means "run! run!"
He has all the energies in the world running to and fro and his dad sometimes was so worried that he might fell. I have to remind Patrick that older Toddlers are more active as they are now entering an independent zone of their milestone. So let them be but GUIDE them thoroughly!
What's the Rationale?
It is always important to take down key points about your toddler's behavior and how actively engaging they are to everyone surrounding them. It is necessary to give them FREEDOM to explore the world the way they have seen it, only when they're a bit unsure that you would GUIDE them to their direct path.
As a first-time mom, I wanted my baby to be more "self-reliant", self-supporting, and self-discipline. I had so many anxieties before when Sage had his first day at the childminding, and I called it "separation anxiety" to the point that I had to check on him around lunch break to see whether he's been taken care of properly.
Fast forward, it was the best decision my hubby and I took because Sage learned how to socialize in a good and healthy way. Keeping him at home with a nanny might not be that pleasant knowing that his interaction is limited to one or us at home.
To all the first-time moms and dads out there, whenever you have "anxieties or worries" when it comes to your baby's independence. let them grow and let them explore how vast the world could be.