Toddler Inspired Practical Life


I’m sure that I’m not alone in admitting that every so often I find myself in an uninspiring slump or creative block. Call it what you will but it’s an uncomfortable place.

So the other day as I sighed and moped around my kitchen trying to pull a meal together, my two year old interrupted me to ask, ‘what’s that?’

‘oh that is a dish strainer, honey. That’s where we place dishes to dry.’

‘I want to play this game.’

‘oh, it’s not really a game, sweetheart,’ I answered quickly.

He sighed but then excitedly announced, ‘I’m going to get my dishes!’


So I pulled the strainer off the shelf (still waiting for that two step stool), which was empty, shockingly, and let him at it.

Watching him organize, try to fit dishes and cups in, etc was beautiful, and, the best part? I had very little to do with that beauty.

Later that evening he did a similar thing when I was using our hand vac to suck up some rice (oh sensory tubs, how I love you). He said, ‘I do it?’

Absolutely, my sweet boy, absolutely. He held the vac with two hands, watched and listened to the sucking and played around with that sensation by placing the vac on his feet. Awesome.

So I guess my point to this post is to let your child take the lead. This approach is particularly helpful when you find yourself stuck for ideas. A wonderful reminder to take a step back and breath every once in a while because the beauty is right there in front of you.

Thanks for reading!



Founder, Publisher, Writer & Editor at Carrots Are Orange, Inc.
Marnie began Carrots Are Orange in 2010 after the birth of her first son. Carrots Are Orange is a Montessori inspired learning and living blog for parents and educators. She hails from Maine, a wonderfully down to earth place to grow up. Marnie moved to the west coast in 1999, currently living east of Seattle with her husband and three young boys. She is pursuing Montessori certification. Her work has been featured on Apartment Therapy, PBS Kids, BabyCenter, the Melissa & Doug blog, and

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