When we found out our first baby was going to be a boy, my friends and family giggled. I have always leaned toward calmer, less risky activities. Being raised in a house full of girls, it was pretty easy to avoid things like climbing trees, wrestling, and, well, anything that could cause an injury. Everyone (including me) was certain I would have trouble keeping up with a boy. Luckily that little boy knew just how to get me comfortable with all those rough and tumble boy traits I’d heard so much about.
Big M figured out the army crawl at 4 months and by 5 months was into everything. He started walking (or should I say running) at 7 months. While I did get plenty of hugs and cuddles, sitting with Mommy was not on his to-do list. He was off to explore, and there was no stopping him.
I learned very quickly that the best way for me to help him grow, encourage his independence, and allow him to learn about the world around him was to be proactive and prepared. My favorite past time became watching the reactions of those same giggly friends as my tiny baby raced around with no fear. It was me who reassured them, “He’s fine and every time he stumbles he learns how get up even faster.”
I don’t have many pictures of him moving. (I was busy chasing!) You can see how little he was in this one though. Ahhh so long ago!
Over these past seven years, Big M has reminded me again and again that the best way I can provide him with the freedom he needs to learn and create is to set up his environment with options… and then let him go.
As he gets older, preparation and freedom will be just as important as they were to that itty bitty explorer. We can set him up for success in so many ways: emotionally, socially, educationally and financially. If we take the time to prepare, he will have the freedom to make choices when he becomes a young man. (As much as I don’t want to think about that… I know it will come so quickly.)
T. Rowe Price offers a College Saving Plan perfect for getting parents set up to offer just those types of freedoms to their kids.
What I love about T. Rowe Price’s 529 College Savings Plan
~Savings can be used at nearly any college in the country.
~Anyone can contribute to an account. (Think birthday presents for the kids who have EVERYTHING!)
~You decide how much to invest and which investment options to choose.
~You can open an account with as little as $250 or a $50 recurring contribution.
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How do you prepare your little one’s environment to encourage independence?