I'm clearly not the first person to raise a child or have a strong-willed toddler. Each day has it's ups & downs, blissful squeals & raging screams. According to Mary Sheedy Kurcinka, the author of Raising Your Spirited Child, spirited children fall somewhere into the spectrum of the following nine traits: intensity, persistence, sensitivity, perceptiveness, adaptability, regularity, energy, first reaction & mood. Things that may not necessarily bother or trigger another child will cause a scene for my darling girl.
As a parent I've learned to be a master of prevention...always carrying snacks, staying on a nap schedule, constantly introducing new distractions or activities at home or on errands. It's kind of exhausting, quite honestly. I've had to recognize my somewhat "spirited" self in the process of learning to parent. I never would have guessed that I'd have to give myself a timeout because a two-year old was getting on my very.last.nerve.ever. I probably wouldn't have guessed how excited I'd get over watching ants march down the driveway or using the potty or playing with Dora either.
Amidst the meltdowns about putting the milk away or having her chair in not quite the right place - Cassidy is growing into an enchanted, beautiful, thoughtful little girl. And perhaps too quickly for her mommy's liking. Life with our toddler is a daily adventure. I'm such a thankful & lucky mom to get to grow & learn with her.