With September being baby safety month, I researched to figure out what the big “must haves” are. We even asked our staff what they absolutely loved and what they simply did not use. Now not even going to lie was totally that helicopter parent with my oldest, literally bought every safety thing out there. I’ll admit I went overboard. Like seriously why did I absolutely need a baby gate when she was only a week old. I researched all the lists even the hospital bag was over packed. Did Sam try to talk me out of it sure! But I had my handy research ready to show him. Ha. I totally did not need most of the items that we spent money on.
Looking back on the time with my oldest and youngest I’ve totally let go of a lot. The essentials have been kept, baby gates, outlet covers, cabinet locks but for the chemicals only. They are children after all and why not let them explore. They are going to climb and make messes and letting them fall is a must! How are they going to learn to pick themselves back up? Exploring is a huge part of learning and problem solving. Everly is so independent its crazy she will make every attempt to do something on her own and will totally get mad if you try to help.
Now I’m not saying to let have a free for all. Set boundaries and expectations. For instance, if you dump out all the toys just remember you will need to pick them up. Or if you want to play a game later, you must finish your chores first. Yes, my kids have chores its how we are teaching them responsibility and earn their allowance. The last thing I want is for them to grow up thinking everything is handed to them that simply is not how the world works. But again working with them and setting those boundaries helps a lot.
Lead Preschool Teacher