When Kai was about 6 months old he and I enrolled in a mommy-and-me class at a local community college. There is one 'class' that I remember vividly. (I say 'class' as they really weren't classes, but merely a chance for the kids to play with other toys and other kids while mommy was around).
Kai is focused on the tunnel that he can crawl through and does so with great enthusiasm. All of a sudden he stops and his eyes lock in on a phone and cable outlet in the wall - the only 2 that weren't covered with outlet covers for child protection (given that covers for these type of outlets don't exist). Completely fixated on the outlets, he abandons the tunnel and heads over to the wall.
I get where he's going, tell him that these are no toys and pick him up to place him back in front of 'his' tunnel. Only for him to turn around 180 degrees and to resume his mission that was so abruptly aborted my his mother. He and I play this game a few times back and forth, with me putting returning him to the play mat, but every in a spot that is further and further removed from the darn outlets. Finally, the winner distraction: food.
After 10 minutes filled with a snack and milk he is enough distracted and continues to play with the toys at hand. Mommy, happy that the outlets seem to have been erased from the cognitive part of his brain, sits down to 'relax'. NOT!! Kai spotted them once again and was headed in their direction, looking occasionally over his shoulder to see if Mommy was going to catch him. Yes she was. And yes she did.
This game finally ended when class was over. All I can say is: the kid has will power. When he has in his mind that he "can and he will", he will. At times tough for mommy, but I hope in the end it will work out in his advantage (unless mommy doesn't want it to).
Patience is your willingness to let time and life move forward at their own pace, without losing sight of your destination. When there's no rush, no hurry, out goes anxiety, in comes peace of mind.
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