Most of us, especially those who don’t have children of their own and can’t relate to the struggles of parenthood at all, get frustrated about the little ones throwing tantrums. Baby screaming loudly at the restaurant – awful; toddlers dropping face-down on the floor in the middle of the department store just because their exhausted momma refused to buy that colorful candy – dreadful; kids crying their lungs out the whole duration of a six-hour-long flight – the worst fear of both the parents and all the other passengers and crew. But do we ever stop ourselves to wonder what lies beneath all these tantrums? Is it really just kids being ungrateful and unthoughtful brats? Sure that sounds very harsh but let’s be honest here for a second, it really is what most people think in these kinds of situations.
But one mom wrote a poem so honest and heart-wrenching it just forces you to stop and think for a second, and really put yourself in the shoes of the little ones. After all, we are all just humans with our own ups and downs and so are the little ones. Dejah Roman found a very honest way to show that with a powerful poem that reveals how life is from a child’s point of view.
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Blogger Mary Backstrom posted this poem by Dejah Roman that perfectly explains life through toddler’s perspective
Dejah said the greatest inspiration for this piece was her own children but then added “However, I have also been an in-home child care provider for over 15 years specializing in the care of infants and toddlers under the age of 5 years. I guess you could say they were all my inspiration. I was also greatly inspired by a woman by the name of Maria Montessori, who spent decades researching and exploring the development of infants and toddlers. She speaks of giving children, “freedom within limits” and tells us that respect and kindness must be taught through modeling of the adult rather and forceful practices of shaming, controlling, and bribery.” Dejah also noted that “it is vital to take the time to learn about the nature of the child’s mental, emotional and social processing, […] since children are born individual human beings and deserve respect from day one. We need to stop comparing them to others and trust them to learn.”