Y’all know those older metal slides? The ones that are tall, steep, get really hot in the sun, and you go down them really fast?
My daughter had been watching her brothers, among a ton of other kids, go down this slide for the two days.
The first day, I was able to distract her and tell her that I couldn’t take her up it…it was too steep…..
The second day, though….she had enough. She saw that monster of a slide, and began climbing up it confidently. Like she owned it. Like she had done this a thousand times.
After about the second step, I -of course- had to support her all the way to the top…encouraging her all the way up. Going down the slide, with her. It was scary to see this little 2 year old climbing up this mountain of a slide, with no fear, whatsoever.
At the bottom, I realized something. I realized, that I could have missed a great opportunity
An opportunity to empower my daughter to do something big, no matter how big the obstacle.
And since that moment, she has continued to try new and scary things. This little 2 year old is learning the meaning of adventure and explore. She’s learning to conquer.
And these are the moments that make up the saying: Though she may be little, she is fierce.
I love that part of my job as a mom is to nurture our babies into the humans they will become. No matter who I think they should be, or who I want them to be.
If we listen closely, we can tune into who they are, and guide them to become the best version of who they are meant to be. We can teach them how to climb the mountains.