Children learn how to be tenacious early on and they are little scientists experimenting with their world around them. My daughter will try and try something until she gets it right.
Toddlers Are Tenacious: They Don’t Give Up Easily
The other day there was this orange cone outside at one of our favorite parks because the play area faces the ocean. The orange cone was permanently flopped over from the heat of the sun. But, my daughter and another little boy toddler about her age were determined. They tried and tried to get this cone to stand straight up the way it was meant to. Finally, the boy gave up, but my daughter sat trying with all her might.
It’s amazing how it’s almost human nature for children to be tenacious. I will venture to say that being tenacious comes more natural then giving up. As a mom of a very tenacious little 22 month old (she’ll be 2 years old on May 12th) my daughter blows me away. I watch her and the amount of grit and determination in her little frame amazes me. She has a desire to perfect things that she learns and when she doesn’t get it right, it frustrates her to no end.
Being Tenacious Requires Making Mistakes
So, the hubby and I always try to encourage our daughter that it’s perfectly fine if she makes mistakes. We calm her when she gets frustrated when she hasn’t perfected something and we tell her “it’s okay, you’ll get there.” I don’t mind that my daughter has the streak of perfectionism that I have or that the hubby has. But, we want her to know that making mistakes is a part of the journey.
I want to foster my daughter’s tenacious personality and drive to succeed. She loves trying everything that a big kid does. I can see how she challenges herself, pushing herself to do everything that bigger kids can do. But, I think it’s equally important to let our little ones know that not being perfect is okay, too. A part of the learning process is making mistakes and also having the tenacious disposition to not give up.