Heads towards the gate a few times and throws a mini-tantrum when you lead them away and tell them 'no', but soon gets distracted by a pool noodle and resumes baby pool fun.
This is 'typical toddler' behavior. Typical toddler often translates to typical kid in the future. While it might seem tiresome, it is not soul-sucking exhausting and that is hopefully what you can expect from here on out.
Doesn't notice there is a gate.
When you have one of these, the other moms are totally jealous and consider asking you to trade kids for the afternoon. Just remember to enjoy it while it lasts. Total oblivion of surroundings, while an excellent trait in a toddler, is much less pleasing in a grade-school kid.
Goes to gate each time it opens to ensure that it gets shut properly.
Uptight, anal, whatever you want to call it, this kid has it! These kids are fun. They like to follow the rules and even when they do not, they might tell on themselves. At four this child may berate the lifeguards about not blowing their whistles when he gets too excited and accidentally runs. However, there is also a good chance you have many hours ahead of you spent waiting for this kid to finish buildings or puzzles before life can continue.
Sprints to gate, swings it violently into your legs, sprints to edge of deep pool and possibly jumps if you do not get there in time. Maniacal laughter may or may not be involved before the blood-curdling scream let out if you do catch up.
This kid is desperately trying to drown themselves basically every second you are at the pool and very irritated with you for not allowing it. There is no sitting quietly with a toy or cuddling with mommy to stay warm. I have one of these right now, which serves as a shocking reminder that not all of them are like this! If you have one too, I am sure you have the same fears I do about the implications this has for the child's future behavior. I am holding onto hope that it won't be so bad because this one did not jump into the big pool like the first one I had. Maybe she will just flirt with the edge of expectations rather than cannon balling them in the future. You pray for me, I'll pray for you.
Tell me. Which type do you have? Or am I missing a type?
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