Delighting in His Obsessions
Obsession. That’s the stage we’re in with Caleb. There have been a few minor obsessions here and there but recently there’s been a full fledged obsession in… wait for it… bubbles.
Yeah, bubbles. I don’t know what this kiddo sees in them but they are what makes his world go ’round. From sunrise to sunset, Caleb longs to be blowing bubbles, popping bubbles, and forcing Nate and me to blow bubbles. Even when he’s paying no attention, Caleb wants us to be blowing bubbles.
Little dude still isn’t talking much. He now says his own version of “mama,” “yeah,” “no,” “crackers,” and “bubbles.” Priorities. When he doesn’t want to talk, though, (because he’s Caleb and does what he wants) Caleb will put his thumb and pointer finger together, hold it up to his mouth, and blow. His own version of sign language for bubbles.
The other day Caleb refused to nap. He just sang, cried, played the drums on the side of his crib, and did all sorts of activities instead of napping. When I went in to free him from his crib prison he immediately put finger and thumb together, blowing. Crazy kid was too excited about bubbles to sleep!
Nate and I, on the other hand, are over bubbles. Spending hours and hours blowing bubbles for our kiddo is a little much. It frustrates him that we aren’t as excited about bubbles as he is and he lets it be known. 😉
Gradually I’m realizing that it’s important for me to delight in the obsessions of my little man. I know that something like bubbles is a silly obsession but it’s something that truly is important to him. I want to get in the habit now to encourage his loves (as long as they’re healthy) and help him pursue the things in which he finds joy.
As he grows, I long to continue to delight in Caleb’s obsessions. I want to be a part of his life and encourage him to let Nate and me into his the things he loves. If we don’t start now, when would we start?
What obsession does your child have?
How do you join your child in his/her obsessions?