I love you, Emma,
in spite of your covert operations
that turn my bathroom into a waterpark,
fill my humidifier with o-shaped cereal
and my air purifier with Miraculous Medals.
Preschoolers, you gotta love em, but sometimes you can’t love all the trouble they get into. Emma can climb the baby gate, open the bathroom door, and clean the potty with your toothbrush within 5 minutes.
Sometimes she’s content sitting in her highchair (strapped in!) with some playdough and cookie cutters, and other times she’s scaling me like a climbing wall while I’m trying to teach about new world explorers.
She is the most daring, fearless child I’ve ever had…except when she’s feeling clingy and demands to be carried around all day…and she is driving me nuts!
Teaching with a baby seems easy compared to teaching with a troublesome toddler. Add to that the challenges of teaching to 3 different levels (all my children need special attention in some area or another), and it truly is remarkable that we accomplish anything in our homeschool day. Or that there are clean dishes to eat off of or clean clothes to wear. Getting the food off the floor is a plus.
It seems I keep coming to y’all these days looking for advice, but this is one area where I’m all ears. This child has a very different personality from her older brothers and sister. She’s the wild child. But also very caring. Emma is always quick with sweet kisses and a pat on the back when someone needs some loving. But just as quick to kick them in the rear when they get out of line.
She’ll make a wonderful mama some day.
Do you have a disruptive tot in your homeschool? What tips and tricks do you have for including the renegade in the fun without letting her (or him) run the whole show?