Here are the three that I'll be taking with me.
1. Make a heart with your hands and look at your child through it. In other words block out what others are saying, or any other distraction and just look at your child through a small hole. This will narrow down what he/she really needs.
2. Realize that it is our job to help and guide our child through developmental stages. For example if your child is a "sniffer" give them lots of interesting things to smell if your child is an "oral learner" use flavors and cooking or give them chew friendly objects etc.... Most importantly don't try and make them stop just because it's inconvenient.
3. If you notice a problem with your child and his/her development God always gives us another chance to work with them through the issue. She called it "another lap".
This lesson came just in time for me. Lately I have been feeling very frustrated with mothering and have been losing my patience more and more often. Anders is a classic two year old. He's asserting himself, testing the boundaries and doesn't seem to hear me much of the time. I have felt "pushed around" by a two year old and I have been losing ground. Instead of going the extra mile to challenge and stimulate his little mind and body I have been avoiding doing extra work with him. In turn he has been showing me that he needs more by acting out and pushing back. He is telling me he needs more creativity, more patience and more understanding.
So, after nap time we are going to have a dance party and then break out the clay that Grandma J. gave him at Christmas. And then I'll take a few ideas from my "play-group handbook".
Here's to another lap.