My 10 month old daughter seems to change daily. She figured out crawling forwards a couple of weeks ago (with some help from Mommy) and has not stopped since. She now ventures anywhere on the first floor of our house that she pleases, has shown an interest (but not the ability, thankfully) to climb to the second floor, and screams in protest at the gate that leads to my basement office — which is filled with all sorts of neat things (well, if you are 10 months old, that is!).
As a parental observer of what Olivia does every day, I’m reminded that what she is doing and experiencing is completely new to her. I’ve seen the same things every day for more years than I care to remember, but they are all new to her, whether they be Daddy’s sandals (which Mommy keeps reminding him to NOT leave in the middle of the floor!) or the dog’s kennel, it is all new to her. And as she observes, she develops “favorites” — things that hold her attention more than others.
I remember that her older brother was fascinated with wheels when he was 10 months old. He would lean over the side of the stroller to watch the wheels turning while we were out on walks and would crawl over to the stroller (if it was on its side — which is where it tended to be after we discovered Sammy’s fascination with wheels) and he would try to spin them.
I’m glad that we are in the position to observe and react to what interests our children and that we can help them by giving them things that naturally stimulate their curiosity. May I encourage you to also observe and facilitate your child’s learning?
Thanks for listening,