Your 1-year-old

At one year old, her joy is contagious. It’s not always there, no, but you probably get to see it at least a little bit each day. The happiness on your child’s face can bring a smile to everyone around her. It could come from swinging on a swing. Or petting a dog. Or being found during hide and seek!

Being young enough to count your age on one hand is a time that should be fun. And when we’re lucky enough to spend time with someone who is having that once-in-a-lifetime experience, we should be thankful. And enjoy it.

Give in to the temptation to keep introducing your kid to new, fun experiences, just to see how she reacts. See if she likes your favorite song as much as you do. Then, enjoy watching her try to clap to the beat. Help her spot tiny cars and huge trucks out on the road. This kind of chat passes the time nicely and builds her skills of identifying things. Let her introduce herself to a new friend – and take pleasure in the sweet sound of your child saying her own name.

It’s a virtuous cycle, actually. The more she gets out of a new experience, the more excited you are to find something else to show her. You both benefit. And most wonderfully, you both grow and deepen your connection through each new adventure together.

“We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”
–Walt Disney

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