Spirited. - Baby Steps in High Heels

Thursday, May 26, 2011


Somebody recently shared with me this notion: from 18 months to age 3, toddlers have a minor meltdown every 6 minutes and at least 3 major meltdowns every hour.

Let’s just say that Tantrum Tallulah, as we sometimes call Baby, has been around a lot lately.

Thus, I was inspired to order the book The Happiest Toddler on the Block. I’m only a few pages in, and I can already tell you that I will be taking to heart some very valuable nuggets of information regarding toddler behavior.

Case in point: You cannot think of toddlers as mini-big kids. You must think of them as mini-cavemen.

I’m pretty sure I’ve never read a more accurate statement in my life.

You could look at the sky on a crystal clear day and state, “The sky is blue,” and it still would be a less accurate statement than asserting that toddlers are essentially cavemen.

I’m seriously not more than 20 pages into this book, but I have also learned one other helpful bit of info regarding my toddler (who I still adamantly call Baby!).

Spirited. She is spirited.

Apparently there are three kinds of children: Easy, Shy, and Spirited.

Personally, I think Baby is actually a mix of all of these, but the majority of the time … she is spirited.

Strong willed. Very high highs. Very low lows. Easily distracted, but simultaneously unwilling to give up on something she has set her mind to achieve.

Oh, and this is my fave: never stops going. And, I mean never.

She’s up before dawn and doesn’t stop moving until she literally crashes at nap time. Immediately following a good nap, she’s on the go again until she crashes again at bed time.

In all honestly, though, I love having this term – spirited – to explain Baby’s personality. I think it’s an ideal description. She is truly full of life.

And, yes, sometimes it’s exhausting for me. Okay, okay, it is quite frequently exhausting for me, but I really couldn’t imagine it any other way. I can’t even imagine wanting it to be any other way.

I love my head-strong, opinionated, spirited little toddler. And she knows it!

[P.S. Nobody asked me to write about this book. It just happens to be what is going on in my life right now, and I thought I'd share the link in case any of you are interested.]


  1. Hayden is very spirited and strong-willed. There is a book you might want to get about 'Raising the Strong-Willed Child' - it might be helpful. Right now we are dealing with Hayden and his attitude. He has been quite bratty lately and it is NOT cool. I think a good deal of it stems from his strong-willed, spirited nature.

  2. I have been blessed with 3 spirited and one easy. Each new spirited being more spirited than the one born before them. It's rough getting through some phases, but I can't imagine trading a moment of it.

  3. Marlee would probably be in the easy category...now my next kid, I am sure will be a HANDFULL and a half! :)