Tuesday, May 3, 2011


It's 9 a.m., let the games begin. Life to an eighteen month old is one game after 
another. The only exception is milk and breakfast. My little guy is serious about 
both. The rest of the day, however, is all games. Need examples? I have plenty.
This morning, for instance, I was trying to clip his toenails, and the game was 
how to move in such a way as to make mom's face contort due to the effort being
put forth in keeping the foot and toes still enough to do the job. This was all 
with dad's help. He was holding both legs and the involved foot, while I was holding 
the involved foot as well, and holding each individual toe. Being nearly completely
immobilized and losing the game, my son decided to improvise on the rules and used
his shoe to repeatedly hit me on the head. Wow, yeah, that got a great reaction, I
should do this more. How funny, he must have been thinking. 

The next game was to see how many times he could run away from me, tearing into
places he knew he wasn't suppose to be in, such as my closet, the bathroom, the 
pantry... . Yes, the list goes on, and my little guy knows to end to the, "I know I'm 
suppose to do this, and I don't know why, but it's just so fun," way of thinking. I often 
wonder, what goes on in a toddler's brain? How does he make connections, a 
pathway of thought from one thing to another? How does a toddler see the world, 
experiences seemingly so limited to us (playtime, food time, bedtime over and over), 
but yet so expansive for him?

I love that children, young children especially, learn best through playing, through
the interaction back and forth with those around them. Allowing them to explore 
their environment (provided it's safe, the toilet bowl not being included in what's 
"safe"), is a great way to encourage their curiosity and feed the imagination. Life to
an eighteen month old is a game. What a fun world that must be. I hope that, through 
my writing, I am able to nurture the creativity of the children and allow their 
imaginations to be limitless as they consider the world around them. 

Just incase you're wondering why I don't want my children in my closet, I have a
basket in there that holds my dirty hospital scrubs, and I wash them separately from 
my other laundry. I'm not too super strict. I promise. :)


  1. And to clarify, I had one leg pinned between my two legs, holding the leg with the foot in question with both hands... and he still was able to keep Mom from clipping his toenails. Once he hits puberty I don't think I'm ever going to risk arm wrestling with him. I don't want to lose my "Dad Invincibility" status.

  2. And that is why my daughter learned to bite her nails! I was too busy wrestling her older brothers out of places they shouldn't be to worry about her finger and TOE nails!! ;)

  3. LOL! He definitely likes to be where he shouldn't. When (not if...) my next one comes along, that is probably what he or she may have to do. :)

  4. Oh, Tanya, I remember those fun times! Keep the faith, and continue to laugh! : )

  5. Thanks, Cynthia. Laughter and tickling is a great stress reliever. :)

  6. It's great to see that someone enjoys their toddler! Great job Mom!

  7. Thanks, Esther. When I remember that children and toddlers aren't tiny adults, but instead unique little ones that process information a completely different way, it's hard not to laugh at some of the situations I find myself in. Of course there are times I become exasperated or really frustrated, but it's usually when I'm hungry. :)