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I have always tried to let my kids take risks and be adventurous.

I try to supress my "Be CAREFUL!!!" instinct when it starts to flare up, so they will try to do hard things.

Once, another mother at the park frantically called out to me in an alarmed voice, "Ma'am! Your baby is CLIMBING THOSE BARS!"

"Oh, I know." I replied calmly. "She does it all the time."

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  1. How awesome that you’re allowing her the freedom to do the hard things! It is such a temptation to hover and always protect from challenge and adventure. I remember being on pins and needles watching my Will climb on the playground when he was just over a year old.

  2. Love, love, love it!
    And what a gorgeous climber too!
    Love, Anne x

  3. I get the same thing when we are at the park. I have a few that are BIG climbers and at first it freaked me out to no end. Now I know what they can handle and will ask for help if needed, but the others moms at the park don’t know that so it looks like I’m just not paying attention to them. (Bad mom, heehee)

    I do have to chuckle to myself when I find out that the moms that do come to me are first timers. I have to remind myself that I was the same way at the beginning too :-)

  4. Adorable! I LOVE the first picture especially-her expression and “pose” are PERFECT for a “Be CAREFUL!” moment!!!

  5. I know how you feel. I get tired of other mothers panicking when my kids are having fun. Maybe they are first-time moms!

  6. I keep a picture just like that of my little girl to help me remember to let all my kids (big and little) to climb and try new things, take risks! I don’t want to hold my kids back because I am afraid of the “what if”.

  7. My two-year-old saw the pictures while I was reading your post and is insisting “THAT’S ME! That IS me!!” She’s our youngest (for now) and very adventurous, so she’s been in similiar pictures quite often. I share your philosophy, but it can be hard to balance the desire for them to ‘do the hard things’ with the desire to avoid ER visits. ­čśë

  8. i do the same thing! and i have had scared parents call out to me too- they are amazed at what i let my kids do lol yet a few years later those same parents are amazed at how responsible and capable my kids are!

  9. what a cute little Monkey!!!! She would get along very well with our 3 year old :-)

  10. My question is – were you this relaxed with your first? I’ve become substantially more laid-back with each baby and my 7th does things I would never have dreamed of letting my oldest do! :)

  11. We have the same scenario with our children. While my first daughter was (and still is) more reserved and cautious, my second one was climbing various bars when she was 14 months old. One time, a lady came rushing over to ask me if she was mine and wouldn’t I be more comfortable assisting her. I told her no, I wouldn’t. She’s fine. But if it would make *her* (the lady) more comfortable, I would be happy to spot my daughter for a moment for her to see how able my daughter was. It was only a month after that my daughter actually lost her gripping on similar bars, but hung on with one arm and pulled herself back up. I wasn’t too worried. This is the same daughter that climbed (around 5 months) before she crawled (6 months) and by 10 months, she was standing on the sit-n-spin while spinning herself round and round and round. I did worry a bit when she started standing on the arm of the rocking chair, also at 10 months, and holding on to the back with one arms while rocking – almost like a surfer – and giggling “Wheeeeeee!” I was worried about what *I* was in for. She was fine (and, at almost 8 years old, she still is).

  12. Stuff like that happens to me all the time too! Probably because my very adventurous natural climber (who will turn 2 in a few days) looks like he just turned 1!

  13. I remember doing the exact same thing when I was her age. I don’t know if I would be able to let mine do that though. We’ll see in a few more years!

  14. lol, I get this all the time with my son :)

  15. I had one, then three. My rule from the very beginning was ,” if you can’t get up there, you can’t get on it. ” because I had newborn twins, no free hands to help. I kept the rule as their sister joined them two years later. It worked well, they learned how to get on playground equipment by themselves and rarely got stuck somewhere that needed rescuing( though there was that one time at an indoor McDonald’s playground and I had to leave two screaming babies to climb up and rescue a 2 1/2 yo!


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