Growing up is rough stuff. Little bodies work so hard to learn to control muscles large and small, developing brains strain to understand new concepts, and powerful emotions desperately seek acceptable ways to be expressed.
When we teach our babies to walk, it’s a long process: from the first tenative steps with our hands around their middles, to steps made clinging to one finger, to those first triumphant solo movements, our kids learn to walk with our assistance. As parents, we suffer with joy the inconvenience of helping our blossoming babies . We cheer their new found independence (even as we hide the knick knacks!). After all, our baby’s accomplishment frees us in some small way; it becomes our accomplishment as well. Continue reading