I used to worry about my toddler because she wasn’t like other toddlers.
She wouldn’t explore or throw herself down slides, she wouldn’t climb and discover her surroundings.
My toddler was a wimp.
Part of me was relieved. it took a lot of stress and worry out of parenting, I didn’t have to worry about my daughter hurting herself or wandering off, because she wouldn’t put herself in danger. As much as a relief as this was I didn’t want it for her. I wanted my girl to explore, I didn’t want her to hold herself back and I certainly didn’t want her to worry about things. I’m the parent, I’m the one who should be worrying.
Then, all of a sudden, my daughter changed, she went from a wimp to a ninja toddler, seemingly overnight.
There is no stopping her now, she jumps on the bed and throws herself down, she goes on a slide without holding our hands, she climbs out of bed. If we leave a ladder around she will climb up it. If we go to a river she will explore, right up to the edge of the water.
My toddler is a ninja.
Aria no longer worries, now the worrying is my job, as it should be.
I love my little seemingly fierce ninja, I am so proud of her for stepping away from fear and just doing things. There is a small part of me that will always miss my wimp, my little girl who didn’t want to leave my side, who anxiously held my hand and waited for me to explore with her, but I am so happy that my daughter is no longer holding herself back, she is enjoying life to the full.
My girl has grown up, she is no longer a ‘wimp’, she is now an independent, inquisitive toddler.