I’m often found reminding myself of what Archie is capable of understanding at such an age. Its so easy to expect him to have a certain understanding of unwritten social information. Like sitting still and keeping voices to a minimum when he is indoors.
Age is not just a number, its a reminder of skill set, a way to justify my feelings of frustration. He has learnt so much in his short 19 month life, but he has so much more to learn. I remind myself that he just can’t comprehend what I’m asking and thats why he won’t stop being ‘naughty’.
It makes my life a lot easier when can stop making excuses to those surrounding me, and start changing what I expect from him. Sure, he needs to learn how to ‘behave’ at some point, so we are taking baby steps (pun intended), steps for the size of his stride, steps that make it fun and interesting to learn. In the same way he learns his animal sounds or swimming, serious fun. Fun with a touch of serious learning.
He is only little for such a short time, I’d rather enjoy watching him as he learns and discovers new ways of life, than boil over with anger and embarrassment when he does the ‘wrong’ thing.