Saturday, September 1, 2007

When do we learn the word 'can't'?

OK. I have to rave about the baby again. Its just so amazing to see him continue to try to walk (and do other things). When he falls, he just picks himself up again WITH A SMILE.


Sometimes, I sense some laziness in him but most times, I'm just in awe of how ambitious he is. If you couldn't walk or even stand steadily, would you attempt to balance on your trolley and push off with one leg? Babies really operate in the mode of 'Monkey see, monkey do' and don't have any idea that there are things that are just not possible. So, when do we learn to say 'I can't'? Will it help if I never mention that word around him? I can always try. At the moment, we just offer him lots of encouragement and applause for whatever it is he is trying to achieve. In a roundabout way, this baby has made me realise and cherish my own parent's style with me. They offered 100% support and encouragement even when they knew I probably bit off more than I could chew.

5 comments:

Jean-Luc Picard said...

That's true. Children don't see 'limitations' when they just do things.

JUST A MOM said...

how cute I love it!!!!

number said...

Everything is worth trying as long as safety is not compromised. Perhaps Asian parenting methods are a bit "limiting" towards children's ability to explore?

Amanda said...

scrapes and bruises are all part of growing up. i believe children need the freedom to explore (under supervision of course) and should be protected from a 'can't do' attitude for as long as possible.

Serina Hope said...

Oh yes, give him freedom and watch him bloom. Super Z still doesn't know the meaning of the word can't. And although it can get frustrating, I wouldn't change a thing. He is adorable, by the way.