the last few days i've been feeling a little conflicted about my day to day role in 15 mo dd's life. i feel like i'm constantly "on" her...telling her what to do.....telling her where to put things back....
of course this is in stark contrast to DH who pops in every now and then for pure "fun" time.
it's not like i'm disciplining her or anything close to it, if anything i try to make picking toys up fun for her and we get really happy and clappy when she does do something i've suggested.
i guess i just think it's important to set the groundwork now for when she's older....now when putting things away is fun and a game.....so that she grows up knowing that when we're done with a toy we put it away. obviously i don;t expect a 15 month old to "clean up", but i can show her somewhat by example and involve her in it. so if she takes her shoes off the shelf and plays with them, that's cool, when she's done i show her where to put them back and show her what a good job she's done.
but i feel like that's ALL i do....all day long....
and i'm also a big believer in "letting the little things slide." i mean, this is in theory...but how do i make it jive with what i'm trying to show her by example???? is this just an age where i'm going to have to be that type-A person (that i'm not) for her/our later benefit? or is letting her make a mess and then picking it up kind of a combination of "letting it slide".....and then cleaning up after ourselves??? it's not that i don't let her do things...she can pack up her toys and deposit them all over the house as she wishes and she can trample through muddy snow rather than the clean sidewalk because that's obviously more fun.....but then we clean up afterwards. but like i said, i feel like teaching her to clean up is all i do all the time lately....luckily she likes it at the moment but it is exhausting.
am i making any sense?