Growing up with all sisters, I never knew what it was like to grow up around boys. When we were bLesSeD with a baby boy over 2 years ago, our world changed forever. I immediately learned how different (but good) life would be with a boy!
One of the main differences between Garrett and sister, Leanne, is that Garrett has little to no fear. When that kid decides he wants something, he heads that diRecTion and never looks back. Because we live in the country, with plenty of land to run around on, you can see how this poses a major problem. The second we would turn around our little boy would be off eXploRinG, leaving us in a panic not knowing where to look.
Due to a few of these scares we took away his freedom when he went outside. His FaVoRitE thing to do is to play outdoors, so you can only imagine the tantrums this created when he wanted to go and we didn’t have the time to take him.
My father-in-law happened to pick up a small cow bell at an auction. We joked about how we should attach it to Garrett since he always runs off. One morning, after another 2-year-old meltdown, I was desperate for him to have an atTitUde change. I grabbed the bell, tied it to his pants, opened the windows and let him loose to play in the front yard.
Let me tell you….that bell changed EVERYTHING!
Garrett gets to play in the dirt as much as he wants, and I am always an earshot away. I can get work done in the house and this gives him a break from me, in a way that I can know where he is at. We’ve been doing this for several weeks now and Garrett’s temperament has changed drastically. Now that he is able to release his eNerGy by playing outside, he is much happier and less likely to throw tantrums. It is really cute too…every time he grabs his shoes, he always grabs his bell! He knows he can’t go outside without it!
Who would have thought we’d be saved by a bell? If you are at at the end of your rope, I encourage you to talk to as many other people as you can AND exhaust all options. It may be as sImpLe as getting a cow bell…