I think one of God’s purposes in giving us children is to keep us humble. Several months ago one of my family was sharing how their child continually got into her plants. I remember feeling a little bit of pride. My little girl would head for a plant but when I said “no” she stopped and that was the end of it.
Was is the operative word. We are having major plant battles over here. She is irresistably drawn to my plants and delights in grabbing handfuls of dirt and dumping it on the ground. Then when I catch her, she talks very expressively in baby talk about why she did it and what fun it is to feel the dirt on her fingers, and how delightful it is to throw the dirt on floor. So far my disciplinary methods have been ineffective. The only way to stop her is to catch her. I have moved some plants out of harms way, but there are a few that are too large to raise them to a higher level. So I persist and she persists and I eat that slice of humble pie.