But one major new obstacle to walking around our house has arisen. It's little brother, Liam! He's beginning to be interested in walking and standing as well. So Liam thinks it's fun to grab the side of Whitney's walker as she goes by and use it so he can pull up to a stand. But he's so heavy that it stops Whit in her tracks. This really ticks Whitney off and she instantly starts voicing her disapproval with angry shrieks. Liam, of course, thinks the whole thing is great because he gets to stand up and he gets all kinds of attention when he does.
One day when Whitney was tired of Liam's teasing, Melanie and I decided to teach the little guy a lesson. Melanie stood Liam up behind the walker and made him hang on. Whitney kept right on walking like nothing had changed. But instead of letting go, falling and leaving his sister alone, quite the opposite happened:
So instead of discouraging Liam's walker grabbing and teasing, we created a new game for both he and Whitney to play. Whit doesn't seem to mind and Liam thinks it's hilarious, as you can tell. Sometimes parenting by accident is the best way to go!