Self Awareness, Shame, and Imagination

DSCN1152 We have reached a whole new milestone of the toddler years these past few weeks.  Jack has totally developed this whole embarrassment/ shame thing, and it’s come on so quickly.  I’m not entirely positive where this is coming from, other than the fact that he’s starting to use the potty more regularly.  Now that I think about it, that’s probably got a lot to do with it, but it’s really extended to other areas as well.  For example, Jack is currently jumping around like a maniac dancing on the bed to “Life is a Highway” on Cars, and as soon as I turn from the computer to look at him, he shies away and tells me to turn around.  “Mama, look ‘puter,” he says.  It’s really quite funny when he does it, but it makes me wonder where he got the idea that dancing around to music is something to be shy about.  He and I play around and dance all day long, so I’m not sure where it came from. 

On a happier note, his imagination is BLOOMING!  I love to just listen to him talk and watch him play.  He likes to pretend that we’re animals or that his bath tub fish is his family.  It’s hilarious. 

But have any of you experienced this sudden onset of shame with your kids?  It makes me worry that he’s getting the wrong message from discipline or school.  I worry about his little heart, you know.  I don’t want him to think that there’s anything wrong with who he is or even how he dances. 

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