I’ve reached the point where I say “why not?” to things like a toddler’s request to drink apple cider from a (clean) sour cream container instead of a cup. Because, why not? And yes, he’s wearing his sister’s shirt… and sleeper…because, why not?
Kids don’t like to be told “no”… who does? Just because he’s been on this earth less than 2 years doesn’t mean his thoughts and feelings, wants and needs, are any less important and real than mine. Toddlers’ desires might seem odd to us. After all, they’re trying to figure out this crazy world we live in with all it’s rules, like gravity. On top of that, they have to learn all our social customs as well…like how we drink from cups and store food in containers. If we want to raise clones or drones, we will say, “No, you can’t drink out of the container, you must drink from a cup!” If we want to raise creative thinkers and innovators, we will say, “Why not?”