We are in the tender stage of what a good friend calls, maximum ability with minimum sensibility. It is amazing what a 3.5 year old can get into. When there are two, there is no end to the mischief that’s possible.
Children at this stage can get into anything. They are able to climb, open, unlock, disassemble, and generally do things most adults wouldn’t even think of trying. With twins you can add move anything with twice the pushing force and the understanding of the other’s strengths to help them reach their goals. For example, my daughter can climb everything and my son can open anything without a secure locking mechanism. I often hear, “Aria come here. I need you.” Alert, trouble ahead!
This poses a problem for us parents. We dream of the quiet moments to get one more thing done, read the last bit of the chapter or take a shower without interruption. It’s in the midst of the sweet peace when we realize something isn’t right. That’s when you come around the corner to find your child(ren) elbow deep in toilet paper, a can of shaving cream all over the room or a child trying to take apart the vacuum cleaner to figure out why it makes that noise.
The children, of course, have no idea the peril they put themselves in. They are oblivious to the danger of sticking that butter knife into the socket they can now expose at will. All the explaining in the world doesn’t connect for them. They look at you with big eyes asking why being electrocuted would be any kind of problem. This is when I realize I am my mother as I add, “Because I told you not to do it” after five minutes of discussion.
The same friend that clued me into her theory also assures me there will be an end to this problem. If you are like me, it’s hard to imagine a time when the constant vigilance and diversion will come full circle and there is a quiet moment in the bathroom ever in my future. I hold onto this moment, grateful for even having my children and trying not to wish their childhood innocence away while clinging to the hope of a calmer lifestyle. This too shall pass, even if I will miss it when it is gone.
Theresa Grisanti has her Master’s of Arts in Nutrition and is a Certified Holistic Health Counselor. Her newest love is writing and she has two blogs you can check out. Her blog Seeds of Life is about creating vibrant lifestyle through health coaching. Joyful at Home CEO is an inspirational and motivational blog for work at home moms and entrepreneurs.