I always worry about being a good mom. I worry about toddler language delay and if Norton’s lack of toddler talking is my fault. I worry that I don’t spend enough time engaging Norton in toddler play, even though I’ve already learned that he has an Own Agenda Communication Style (thanks to reading It Takes Two to Talk). Really, I just worry and I’m always out to be a better mom. I know that I’m also my own worst critic.
My big stumbling block is that with Norton’s Own Agenda Communication Style, he’s perfectly happy with keeping himself engaged in toddler play. He has little interest in playing with me, and when he does, he climbs on me or plays peekaboo with me to let me know. And so there’s that vicious cycle of wanting to play with Norton, failing or feeling like I’m “doing it wrong”, and the feeling like a flop as a mom. I always tell myself that I need to do better, but I just don’t know how.
While I was doing my usual blog surfing this morning, I came across a challenge by Hands on as We Grow. The purpose is to get us down on the floor and just playing with our kids. The 30 Day Hands On Challenge seemed to be exactly what I needed. [Read more…]