Here at Little & Mighty, we believe that all kids are mighty. We have had the opportunity to meet so many awesome people via Little & Mighty. It's one of the best perks of the job! We love hearing the stories from these awesome parents. These kids are oh so mighty! It's so inspiring!
We want to take some time each month to shine the spotlight on a Mighty Kid. This month we chose one who can't get enough of gadgets!
Let me introduce to you Tyler Fincher and Megan Riley and their Mighty Kid, Emma.
TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF:
Our story is so far fetched I often don't believe it myself. Megan and I met online and began dating soon after. Three years and a two year old later we are suburban dwellers employed by Megan's Design/Remodel business Eyedeator. Megan has a power for all things art and color, and I have a profound ability to deliver drinks when she thirsts. Together we are the best team in the universe and we defeat challengers daily. Emma is our mighty one and she is less little by the day. She crawls up my back as I write this, oscillating between panting and a mirthful sort of shriek.
WHAT HAS SURPRISED YOU MOST ABOUT BECOMING A PARENT?
The most surprising thing to me about becoming a parent was the difficulty of it. I think after we have had children we come fully to appreciate our own parents. It's hard work, and it is constant. As parents we do it, and we actually love to do it (which is a surprise itself), but it can get tiring. Who would have thought that the greatest things in life wouldn't be free?
WHAT IS THE BEST AND WORST PARENTING ADVICE YOU'VE EVER GOTTEN?
The best advice I had gotten regarding parenting was "Sleep when you can". Before children no one really thinks about it. If you're tired you sleep. Add a child to the mix and now we have a different song don't we? Sleeping becomes a commodity to be bought and sold between parents. "Let me sleep another hour, and I'll give up my pick for movie night."
The worst advice I've heard is from people who hold growing children to pre set bench marks. Every child is different and learns and grows in his/or her own unique way. If a child isn't walking by their first birthday ignore the harvesters of woe that say you should be worried. Chances are the child is fine.
WHAT IS YOUR BEST ADVICE FOR A BRAND NEW PARENT?
To all the soon to be parents out there I would remind them to stay in love. When sleep and sanity are fleeting things and the baby won't stop crying, please don't take it out on your partner in parenting. It's a stressful thing sometimes and opinions can differ greatly on large issues, but never should an issue over a child become greater than the bond between the two people that made it.
WHEN DID YOU FIRST REALIZE HOW MIGHTY YOUR KID WAS?
Emma's strength surprises us everyday. She is mighty smart in different ways. The first time I caught a glimpse of her rare intellect was when I was playing with her about a year ago, asking her to point out objects that I said out loud. I tried stumping her with a word I'm pretty sure I never say and she took me by surprise when she pointed at it. The word was cupboard. Who ever says cupboard? Well, whoever does, if Emma is nearby, she'll know what they're talking about at least.
DESCRIBE YOUR MIGHTY KID'S TYPICAL DAY.
Emma's average day is waking up between 6:30 and 7:00. She makes enough noise to get Megan or myself up and then we sit her at the table where she eats a giant breakfast. After breakfast she runs around laughing and playing until lunchtime. She doesn't really care for lunch and usually just wants to smear her food around and make funny sounds. After lunch she plays until nap time which comes at 2:00. She sleeps like a stone until 4:00, and then is up for a snack and more play time until dinner at 6:00. After dinner she gets her bath and is always furious when we wash her curly hair. Post bath is wind down time where she drinks milk and gets read to for about half an hour. When the time comes she hands us her bottle, waves to us, and says "bye bye". We shrug and leave her room, closing the door behind us.
We don't have any set in stone nicknames, because they change everyday on any given dime. Emma Bug is probably the most common recurring one. "bug", "dookers", "nookers", "dooker nookers", that sort of thing.
Emma was 2 years old five days ago.
Emma loves anything relating to computers or gadgets. Phones, laptops, ipads, remotes, buttons, switches, she can't get enough of them and can find yours if you ever lose them.
Emma hates oatmeal. She won't even try it, and no number of timeouts will change her mind. She's just not doing it and that's that.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR MIGHTY KID'S MOST RECENT ADVENTURE.
Emma's most recent adventure was to the local swimming pool where she splashed the shallows in true toddler fashion. She loves the outdoors and all things water and splashy, so for a solid two hours she stomped, back and forth across the decline entrance to the swimming pool. A simple thing for us, was an oceanic temple of wonder for a two year old.
WHAT IS YOUR KID'S MIGHTIEST QUALITY CURRENTLY (MIGHTY NAPPER, MIGHTY FUNNY, MIGHTY TANTRUMS, ETC.)?
Emma's mightiest quality is definitely her stubbornness. She must get it from her mother, obviously.
WHAT DOES LITTLE & MIGHTY MEAN TO YOU?
When I first heard the name Little and Mighty it clicked in my head. It's what every parent has in mind for their young child. They are small, and vulnerable to every force on this planet and yet they have something inside them stronger than ourselves. It is our goal to see to it that that strength makes it out. A child, a prince, a sleeping titan. A spark of a human with lightning in their smiles that makes parents feel more important then they ever had before.
All photos courtesy of Tyler Fincher and Megan Riley.
DO YOU HAVE A MIGHTY KID WHO THINKS THE POOL IS AN OCEANIC TEMPLE OF WONDER?
P.S. If you enjoyed this, then you may enjoy MIGHTY KIDS: FINN.
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