Weekend Wrap-Up with my toddler Rock Climber


Several months ago, a rock climbing gym opened near us, and a part of me wanted to try it from the get-go, but the other part of me is more than a little bit terrified of heights, so we’ve put it off.

Finally, Garrett started begging to try it, so we finally went.

Toddler Rock Climbing

Much to my surprise, it wasn’t Garrett, but Hadassah who fell in love with rock climbing. She wanted to climb again and again, and asked to go back almost as soon as she woke up this morning. In case you’re wondering, she’s not even three yet.

Where Garrett wants to bulldoze through things without putting a lot of thought into it, and tends to give up when things get tough, Hadassah is more calculated, thinks about things, and “gritty” doesn’t even begin to describe her determination.

She’s also been climbing everything in sight, so in retrospect, I’m not sure why I was surprised by how much she wanted to climb the silos.


The thing is, I’ve been told most of my life that this isn’t how girls are suppose to be. Girls are suppose to stand back and let the dudes do things better than them. Were suppose to gratify their egos. (I grew up in an amish community remember.)

But now that I have a daughter, I’m not sure I’m comfortable with that paradigm. I don’t want to suppress her so that her brother can feel better about himself.

Gabe mentioned this morning that she is what will force Garrett to step up his game. His competitive spirit won’t want to let his little sister be stronger, faster, smarter, etc. than him.

There’s no doubt he’s going to have some stiff competition, but I think that’s closer to the way it’s suppose to be.

Inspire each other, build each other up, compete with each other, but never suppress the one to build a false sense of accomplishment in the other.

P.S. I made it almost 20 feet up the wall before succumbing to my fear of heights. I’m be back, rock wall, I’ll be back.

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Have a fun weekend!



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