Yippee, yowzers, wowzers and as many other joyeous exclamations that I can think of. We’ve had a breakthrough. A mighty big one. Well in our world it is anyway.
The Tinkerous Toddler is playing by herself. Happily. By herself.
Until now she has played for short whiles by herself if I am in the same room and like many other toddlers, she is more than happy to sit and stare at CBeebies on her own, with me out of sight and out of mind.
But today, after her nap, she said she didn’t want to come downstairs with me. Not in a sulky way. But in a bright and breezy, “I’ve got my dolly and we’re going to play” way.
Role play has become an increasingly big part of life for us over the last month or so. TT’s desire to work through things that are on her mind or simply things that fascinate her is most apparent.
I have to say it is one of my favourite stages of her life so far. Doctors and vets feature heavily. As does Thumbelina, her favourite cartoon character. I often find myself in the role of Cornelius, suitor to Thumbelina, as we use the beanbag in our living room as Cornelius’ Buzzy-Bee mode of transport.
To be witness to the Tinkerous Toddler going one stage further with her role play by going it alone is really quite marvellous. In my book it is so important for children to be happy with their own company and to be able to take themselves off into a world of their own creating.
I must also confess it is really rather lovely to be sitting here bashing away at my computer keys, guilt-free in the knowledge that she is really happy doing her thing, whilst I do mine. This moment has been a long time coming. Not for lack of encouragement. TT has just never really taken to the idea of spending time by herself.
Of course I do know from other parents that I need to listen out for the silence, because that is usually a sign that something is going awry. Be it a water-logged bathroom floor or toilet roll strung around the entire top level of the house.
But for the moment I shall simply sit here and enjoy knowing that another milestone has been reached. One that means a whole new freedom for the both of us.