What is your expectation of your life journey?
Do you expect mostly sunshine and smooth roads?
Do you expect mostly rain and rocky paths?
Or are you expecting a mixture of terrains and circumstances along your life journey?
Well, that’s obvious, you think.
Of course life is a mixture.
However, what are you preparing your toddler for?
Do you entertain your toddler for every minute of the day or do you have a balance between focus play, side-by-side play and independent play?
Do you meet their every demand immediately of do you build in opportunities to develop patience by having them wait for a moment or two throughout the day?
Do you rush to help when they are frustrated or do you give them a minute or two to work it out themselves?
If they have a minor fall, do you fuss over them excessively, or do you encourage them to pick themselves up and keep playing?
If they wake in the night will you allow them 5 to 10 minutes to transition from one deep sleep cycle into the next or do you rush in immediately to comfort them?
Even at this early age, you can be laying a firm foundation for resilience in the tween and teen years.