I taught my daughter how to slide!! Such an honor, SO COOL, I was very proud!
Adelaide and I took advantage of a beautiful Friday afternoon and headed down to the park. It was muddy, but at least it wasn’t raining! We had so much fun wandering around in the grass, under the trees, and watching all of the kids play on the play structure.
Adelaide spent most of her time watching this 22 month-old boy who was running circles around her on the play structure. Adelaide was standing on one side of the bridge, and this boy would run over the bridge and past her, climb up into the tower, slide down the BIG slide and run around to do it all again. I got tired just watching him! I couldn’t believe he was only five months older than Adelaide! Is that what she’s going to be like in just five months!?
Anyhow, several families (including this boy) left the park and things calmed down a bit so Adelaide was more comfortable exploring again. She kept walking to the base of the slide and trying to climb up it—so I had to step in and demonstrate proper slide etiquette.
It was just a little kiddie slide (about chest height to an adult at the top, with a small curve before you reach the bottom) so I picked Adelaide up and laid her on her belly at the top of the slide and let go! She slid to the bottom, took a quick inventory of her experience then smiled up at me!
Next, I showed her how to walk around to the stairs, and go up to the top of the slide the right way. Once we got to the top I had her sit and roll and push off down the slide. Again, huge grins at the bottom!
She kept asking me to put her at the top of the slide, so I kept showing her how to go up the steps. After her fourth time going down the slide she got it, and stood up and went to the stairs all by herself! When she got to the top she sat down and rolled over and scooted herself to the edge of the slide and pushed herself down! I was such a proud mama! She did the slide a few more times and then moved on to something else.
It is awesome to teach someone something and watch them pick it up and understand right in front of you—especially if that someone is your daughter. So cool!