Someone recently asked me why I didn't have Roo signed up for any of the billion and one "educational" classes that are offered for toddlers.
And I admitted to her that I'd thought about it, even once felt guilty that I didn't have my enthusiastic child signed up for gym or music classes. I'd once complained to my husband that all the other Mommies had their babies learning Cantonese, while mine was just mastering plain old English.
He rolled his eyes at me and told me I was silly (which he often says to me). Then life started happening and we moved and all this other stuff happened and the desire for music classes and tumbling took a back burner to more important things.
Then I realized, Roo doesn't need any kind of class at all.
Roo is two years old.
She's a child.
She should act like a child.
She shouldn't have to worry about learning a foreign language until high school. If she wants to tumble, I'll show her in the front yard. If it's music she desires, I can crank up the radio and sing along in a horrible fashion.
Roo is never going to get these moments back, why waste them stuck in a classroom? She's going to have nothing but pressure to learn when she gets older. Why can't she just enjoy being a kid? Why can't she just learn how to pull the tails off of lizards and chase ladybugs in the garden for now?
This is the only time in her life she won't be feeling this pressure to perform. This is one of the only times in her life she doesn't have to worry about squat.
And I'm totally fine with the other toddlers doing their thing, while my baby does hers.
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