Every kid has a favorite item that they trail with them at all waking moments. Blankets, a stuffed animal, the odd thing gets thrown in on occasion such as an oven mitt in one case a friend shared with me... BUT, what if that favorite thing happened to be a bike?!
We've all been there, you (the parent) are over the moon to get your kid something, and once you gleefully hand this wonderful item to your kid they are curious about it for about 0.5 seconds and move onto something else that is capturing their attention.
And you're standing there thinking 'What?!, But...I just....' and internal screaming ensues and you move on.
Toys. Dang kids toys. They're expensive - it's a hit or miss whether your kid is actually going to enjoy them or not. Or they may flatly decide they love it one moment and to hell with it in the next moment. However, there are everyday items that you likely own that your baby or toddler is going to flock to like a moth to a flame...read our short list of everyday items that you can use as a 'toy' for your little one!
This statement alone has a lot to unpack: Kids do what you do, not what you say.
You can take this into a number of directions, but the truth of this phrase really didn't hit home until I became a Mom. I watched kids at different points in my life growing up to make the occasional extra cash or help out family members with their young-lings. I intuitively knew I had to set the example when I was around younger kids - I mean, when you're in charge, you gotta act like it right?!
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