From a Toddler’s Point of View
March 16th, 2011
When you’re a mom, you have to learn to look at the world from your child’s point of view. I’m learning (slowly) that the world looks very different through Miss Mouse’s two-year-old eyes than it does through mine. When I fail to take this into account, the result isn’t always pretty.
For example: to a toddler, “zoo” means animals. Always. Only. Forever. Lions, tigers, bears, giraffes, more tigers, possibly some monkeys, etc. “Zoo” does not mean “classroom full of other kids I don’t know doing art projects.“
We learned this important fact last week when my parents tried to take Miss Mouse to a Cub Club Wildlife Academy class at the zoo. It sounded like great fun. It was geared to two-year-olds and focused on color identification using animals. What’s not to like?
Poor Miss Mouse didn’t understand that the class was the exciting adventure at the zoo she had been promised. I think she felt deeply betrayed. She did eventually rally (a bit) and consent to participate in the class — even going so far as to pet a chinchilla — but it was a good lesson for the adults in her life to keep her point of view in mind when describing activities!