Some days I find myself wishing that I was more like my daughter. No fear. She has a willingness to try new things that I really wish I had. She never ceases to amaze me. I’d like to think that we had some part in helping her be this way.
We’ve always tried to encourage confidence in her. Letting her know that she most definitely CAN do things, and that she is successful. We also let her fail, and learn from those moments when they happen. An example of this would be her disappointment with not being able to get her own shoes on. There were tears shed, shoes were on the wrong feet, and sometimes went flying across the entry way. Eventually she got it, and all on her own when we weren’t looking. She ran over one morning with both of her running shoes on the right feet, and the velcro done up.
We try to let her always know that she is safe, and secure when with us. We will always be there for her. We are there to talk to her, and listen to her. Letting her know that it is okay to feel sad, angry, happy and so many more emotions. She knows that she is more important to us than anything else.
She has this incredible willingness and drive to just try. Maybe it’s going down the slide backwards just to see how that works, and how it feels. Or it’s trying a new food. We actually just introduced her to the incredible world of milk and cereal. Odd right? No idea why it took us so long, she never asked to have cereal the same way we eat it, so we never thought to let her til now. Guess what, she loved it! Her willingness to try new foods definitely is not from me… that’s all her dad! We also have a willingness to try new things together as a family. Not long ago Jason went running through the sprinklers that were on at a local school, and encouraged Evie to give it a try to. There are going to be so many more first we have together as a family where we try new things. We cannot wait.
I find myself so incredibly thankful for her amazing character, and personality that seems to be filled with no fear. While I find myself packing some bandaids now just in case, for whenever we go out, that’s alright. I hope to never be the one to get in her way or tell her she cannot do something. Reach for the stars baby girl. We’ll be there to guide you a long the way.