Posted by DAisym on June 23, 2007, at 16:16:30
In reply to i just noticed.. » Happyflower, posted by karen_kay on June 22, 2007, at 9:32:06
Babies -- my favorite topic!
Your little guy sounds so great KK and I'm sure you are doing a wonderful job. He obviously feels secure enough with you to challenge you (tantrums) and he knows his own mind well enough to know what he wants (more tantrums.) Always try to remember that having fun with your child is the most important thing you can do - he is having fun and you are having fun and he is learning the whole time. It is your job to set those limits and help him understand that reality bites sometimes (park vs. dinner prep) but it will get easier as his vocabulary expands. He doesn't really want to be in charge, as much as you might think he does. It is scary for kids to get their way when they know they shouldn't. They begin to wonder who will keep them safe.
As far as falling and bruises, he sounds like a typical little boy. If the frequent falling continues, bring it up with your pediatrician. There are a million reasons why kids aren't steady but mostly they just never look down once they stand up. Helmets for kids who don't really need them can actually be harmful later, as he won't learn to protect his head.
Do you have "Touchpoints"? I highly recommend it. You can read sections as he gets older and there is great advice all along the way.
Try not to worry too much, kids are amazingly resilient.