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Big Step for Toddler—Disaster for Mommy

By Fredrica Syren

Ever since he could walk, my 20-month-old Noah has been a climber. On top of this, he’s also a daredevil, which in a mommy’s world equals disaster just waiting to happen. Not only will he climb furniture but, once up there, he will stand up, and start jumping, and running back and forth. You get the picture: it’s scary for me and too much fun for him.

We have systematically removed things he found fun to climb — kids’ furniture, big toys, etc. However, as he grows so do his obstacles, and we have removed everything  short of all furniture from the house. That is out of the question. So our only option is to watch him like a hawk, but we also have a second child and a life that needs to go on each day.

Today he figured out how to climb up on a rocking chair and rock himself silly.  You know the saying “silence is golden except when it comes to toddlers.” Well, after a while, he was mighty quiet. Just as I started to suspect he was up to something, I heard a big thump and then a cry. He had rocked so hard that the rocker threw him off and then fell over him. Jeeez, it scared me to death! As I told him how bad this was and how lucky he was, I noticed how sad he looked.

I have to admit that I wonder if this is how those crazy people who climb Mount Everest start out — practicing climbing all kinds of furniture at home as toddlers, scaring their poor mamas.

If any of you mamas have a suggestion for me, I’d love to hear from you!!!

 

About Green Mom

Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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