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Just wanted to share an experience I had yesterday.
I have been sick so I had kleenex out. I left it on the couch and Avery got ahold of it. (Side note: Avery has been incredibly difficult for a couple weeks now, very fussy and whiney. Can't do anything without her needing me, her wanting to be held or climb in my lap- or her dads, etc).
So anyways, she gets ahold of the kleenex and starts to pull them out of the box one by one. I thought to myself "Oh, no big deal. I can just stuff them back in later.
DH even said "you better get that away from her" but I said the same thing to her, oh let's just let her do it she's having fun.
You know what? That box of kleenex entertained her for over an hour, she kept on pulling them out and stuffing them back in, ripping them apart, etc. She loved it, and DH and I were able to watch a show without her whining or crying for the first time in ages!
It was a nice reminder to me to just relax and not worry about the messes. Just wanted to share!
I completely agree. DH is worse than me about taking her away from every.little.thing. I was reading one of my toddler books yesterday and I read this part on "touch" and it was saying not to make them afraid to touch or explore things.
So I am trying to get DH to remember to let her explore. I am trying to remember it, too!
Lilli has done that a few times. By accident! But, she's been getting our old magazines lately. She will flip the pages and rip them out. I don't mind. Our kitchen looked like a disaster yesterday. It kept her busy for a long time. Then, we told her we were going to have to clean it up, and she got up picked them up and put the pieces of paper in the trash! I was so surprised! I also read too to put old scraps of fabric in a wipes box and just let them pull them out and put back in. I haven't tried it yet, but I think she'd enjoy it.
My only worry if I let Kayli do that would be that she might eat a few kleenex.
Her thing is refrigerator magnets. I purposely leave some low enough for her to play with when she sneaks in the kitchen. At least it keeps her out of the trash.