It’s been a long time since I had a toddler. 9 years to be exact.
And don’t think I’m not looking forward to being a grandma. Because I totally am.
Even though I don’t have to entertain a little bugger while trying to homeschool my boys, I’ve had plenty of people ask me what they should do to keep their toddlers from disrupting their homeschool day. I’ve put a lot of thought into it. Because I remember when Littlest was an infant and the family would be gathered on the bed for early-morning-wake-up-family-time, and Martin would start to tickle or wrestle with the older boys. Littlest, not yet even able to roll over, would jerk his tiny body toward all that other testosterone like he simply Could Not Wait to jump in and be a part of it.
Yeah, I should have realized that was a deep look into his future personality.
I also remember why I sent Middle to public school for the first 3 years. He thought the coolest thing in the world would be to get on that yellow bus with his big brother and ride off into parts unknown. I could not deny him that. He Had to get on the bus. His life would not have been complete if he hadn’t gotten to try it. I think the hour-long ride dampened his spirit pretty quickly, but at least he experienced it.
Do you see what I’m getting at? Little brothers and sisters want to be part of things. They don’t want to feel different from their siblings. So if you’re toddler is disrupting your homeschool, stop fighting him. Give in. Let him be part of it.