7 Jan 2013
She has from the youngest of ages been so fiercely determined to do things herself. There have been falls, scraped knees and tears muddled in together with equal amounts of triumph and pride. My girl, like her Mumma before her struggles to ask for help choosing rather to burden herself with tasks a whisker above her capabilities often resulting in hot, spiky tears of frustration. We are both working on this one.
And my beloved and I, like my parents before me, are choosing to accept this tenacity as one of her very many positive characteristics and gently guiding her to choose the path of drive and determination as opposed to the rockier, less appealing tangent of stubbornness. We include her in most all daily goings on about our home and have endeavoured to equip her with not only the emotional tools but also the physical ones to "get the job done". She has long joined me in baking sessions but one too many tumbles from a helter skelter chair caused us to hunt out just such a tool.
A chance meeting with a lovely soul at a market saw us pack this piece of brilliance into our car. The Hi-Tot has quite simply changed our lives and would possibly be the very best purchase we have made for our children. Made in Australia by a young father of two it provides the necessary stability to encourage little people to become autonomous in the kitchen. Coupled with adjustable heights and its generous width means it can be used for all your babies and it's sturdy timber design means it will last the distance.
As we tuck her into bed on a Friday night we tell her that it is the weekend. "Will there be pancakes?" she asks. Of course my love. There are always pancakes. And you my beautiful baby can make them from scratch almost all by yourself. My chest is puffed out right now ;)
(Sadly whilst heading off to find the necessary links I discovered that the HiTot website no longer exists. Hopefully they are just having a wee holiday. A similar albeit pricier version is The Learning Tower)