Baby, you can fix my car

I like the cut of this young lady’s jib:

My granddaughter is two. For the past couple of months she has been “fixing” various toys. She uses her spatula or spoons to “work” on her cars, baby stroller, doll bed, etc. Wednesday evening I bought her a toy tool kit. She was ecstatic. She opened it and grabbed the hammer, then the screwdriver, calling each by name. How does she know what a screwdriver is? In any case, her tool set is the only toy she played with yesterday and was the first thing she grabbed when she came in the door this morning. Maybe she will be an engineer. Whatever makes her happy.

When I was two, I wasn’t even allowed to have a spatula.

I hope I’m around to hear what she’s doing when she’s nine or ten.


  1. Spin Drift »

    2 May 2017 · 10:28 pm

    My daughter will graduate Summa with a BSME on Saturday. It’s how she started.

  2. fillyjonk »

    3 May 2017 · 6:00 am

    I was older than 2 at the time, but I played with bugs and mud, and I became an ecologist, so I suppose it’s possible she could become an engineer.

  3. Joe »

    3 May 2017 · 6:42 am

    As always, thank you

  4. McG »

    3 May 2017 · 7:32 am

    Take this time to work on building her character, Joe, so it’ll withstand the deluge of hormones when puberty attacks.

    Even children with character change a lot in adolescence, but those without may retain nothing of what they were in childhood.

  5. Holly H »

    3 May 2017 · 11:57 am

    Yes, I wish I had read this book sooner: “Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child” by John Gottman. My son was 20 by the time I discovered it. Oh well.

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