A Year Driven – Month 21

This month, our drive was pretty extensive. I attempted to photographer in as many states as possible and near as many state signs that I could find. Some were just too hard to pull over for, too dangerous, or so small it was pointless. But the ones we got were so fun! The final long drive we took was a few days after we had gotten to NH. We drove into Boston for the first time to take my mom to the airport. We ended up out past the the airport at Revere Beach. It surprised me at how beachy it actually felt. I was expecting the rocky coast from photos, yet there it was, sandy and long and super easy to park at. Winner Winner! This was America’s first public beach. That is the thing about being out here, the history of where it all started surrounds you. Freedoms were first sought, right here, and that is so cool to me!

This drive was a lesson for all of us. I didn’t know how a 21 month old kid would do in the car for 7-13 hours a day. I packed as many snacks, pacifiers, lap toys, favorite blankets and stuffed animals as I could and got her a kid tablet. What I learned is that, she is incredible considering what we asked of her. Stops helped so much, be it the side of the road for 4 minutes, or awesome rest stops with playgrounds, or parks or whatever. They always boosted her mood, or put her to sleep. Both go in the win category. The distractions were only useful in small doses. 10-15 min tops then she lost interest. Pretty typical I’d guess.

She is 21 months old! You guys, two is so close. She chatters constantly, is loving the freedom of the property here, hates shoes and sings all the time. She is a total handful, and is into everything. I am reading a great book on disciplining a toddler because I am clueless. I find my frustrated reactions ineffective, I’m told a stern voice is helpful. I have the hardest time with that. I can’t find the balance between stern and yelling. I hate the yelling method I hear parents use and I really need a new occtive for my voice.  The balance between overprotective and not caring is tough for me too. I really believe in letting them figure things out on their own, to a degree. So I find myself watching her do things that I know aren’t going to end well for her. Then wonder, if I should have been hovering instead? Oy! Parenting is never easy is it? Not now, not when they are 10, or 17 or 25 I’m sure…

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