Toddlers – toys and games

My son is at an age where I can play with him – not just watch him play. He is 2 years and 7 months. He used to mostly throw toys around but lately, he involves me in his games. I even get specific instructions on where to sit. He scolds me if I’m not playing the game as he thinks it should be played: “nooo daddy nooo”. The way things progress, soon he will be embarrassed to be seen with me.

He seeks me out to play with him all day long around. Can’t get a break. Won’t take no for an answer …just like his mother. At the age where he connects the dots. If I play in an interesting way he will copy it and even improve it.

His love is still riding bikes. If your kid is the same, please make sure he uses a helmet. We are very careful about what he does but he surprises us sometimes with some daredevil stunts. At least two times the helmet prevented serious injuries. Good thing he had it on.

He kicks or throws balls and balloons all day long. And all day long I have to watch that he doesn’t break the tv or something else around. He has an impressive collection of cars and trains that he likes to hide all around the house.

He is jumping on the bed as soon as he gets a chance. Like a monkey. While singing the monkey song. You know the song. The one where the monkeys fall down and hit their head. And the mommy calls the doctor. And the doctor said. No more monkeys jumping on the bed. Too bad it doesn’t work. The monkeys will do what the monkeys need to do. And I’m left with a song that my mind will play on repeat.

His kindergarten teacher calls him slick. He has a mind of his own and will only do what he wants. And he will do it with a smile on his face. It’s hard to put boundaries in place. I know that’s something we need to work on. Maybe you guys have some advice on this. Don’t be afraid to share it.

Even though I still see him as a baby, I try to keep my word if I tell him I will do something. It’s easy to forget about it and maybe he won’t remember. Then again maybe he will and you lose a bit of confidence in his eyes. That’s not something I wanna do.

As I was growing up there weren’t computers and smartphones and the internet came up just later when I was in high school. I had time to look into fishing, ridings bikes, climbing mountains, riding horses, learning to swim, checking out martial arts, football, karting, electronics. Come to think about it, I tried quite a few things before I had an idea of what I liked most. I hope he gets a chance at kids’ games before he learns of the electronic ones. Then again maybe he won’t like them at all. But I wouldn’t bet on it.




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