I think it is safe to say that my two year old never ceases to amaze me with the things that he thinks is a good idea to do or the things he gets himself into. As a Mom, you just cannot avoid multi-tasking and this little guy has truly mastered the skill of waiting for that split second of time that my attention is drawn to something other than him….(could be letting the dog out, emptying the dishwasher, switching the laundry, or running to the bathroom)- he siezes the moment and he gets himself into some kind of “trouble” that he thinks is “really fun”. This happens every day at least once and some days, all day long. He exhausts me- he is in to EVERYTHING!! Do any of your children get into things, or is it just me?
Yesterday as I was emptying the dishwasher in the kitchen, I heard this banging over and over and over again. I thought to myself…that sounds a lot like something hitting the TV. I peek my head around into their playroom (which just a few short months ago was our family room) and on the 61 inch TV screen (that once was our TV) was Sesame Street. On Sesame Street was a close up of someone blowing a bubble with pink bubble gum. My two year old being fascinated with both bubble gum and baseball bats was repeatedly trying to “pop” the bubble with his baseball bat. Once I got him to stop trying to pop it, I asked him why he would EVER think this was a good idea. As innocent as can be, he said to me: “Mommy, I was trying to pop the bubble”. In his defense, the bubble looked very real and took up almost the entire screen. I explained to him that we do not do that and of course if I saw him hitting the TV again in the future with anything that he would have a consequence.
Kids have such literal ways of looking at the world and if I think about it, 99.9 % of the messes they get into, probably seem like great fun to them at the time. They are learning every time they touch something and they touch just about everything they see. They are exploring their surroundings and testing out their senses…and at times I think they are testing their limits with us as well. Sometimes you just have to take a deep breath and clean it up and try to see life from their point of view. After all, I think it is my job as a Mom, to set boundaries and stick to them while at the same time guide them to keep them safe as they live, learn and explore the world around them!