A Top 10 List: Things I Have Learned From My Children

*This piece was originally written for another site. However, despite my savvy, wit, charm and wicked-awesome… they chose a different path. Had they checked with Google, they might have seen my shizzle-esque SEO skillz… Who knows why a social media “push” would turn away a force such as myself? I have my theories, but in an effort to not burn bridges, I hold my tongue on theory and name and instead publish the post here… and keep my traffic here. It is HERE I can keep you safe, warm, glittery and caffeinated. In an “online” sort-of way…

I have learned so many valuable things from my children.

It would be impossible to share all of the things I have learned in my motherhood journey, so I will limit myself.

Besides, I went to the BlogHer Conference in Chicago this year, and at one of the SEO sessions I heard top ten lists are HOT. Therefore, in an effort to stay on the cutting edge… my Top Tizzle-ten. Oh, and this is not in any importance of order. I am not planner-y like that…

  1. Stop and smell the dandelions. And blow on them. Then stop and look at the shape of bark. Then follow the ant and see if your spit will fall on it’s back. Slow down and observe. Oh the wonder we discover when we take the time to just look… and also spit on the backs of unassuming bugs.
  2. It is not the end of the world if we are late to the doctor/tumbling class/school (see #1). Yes, it is important to teach responsibility and the value of being on time. BUT, it really isn’t the end of the world (see #1).
  3. Matching shoes are not a necessity. Really. For an adult, it is more important, but for the 10 and under set… it can be a good day if we get out of the house with one left-foot and one right-footed shoe.
  4. Laugh. A lot. And Easily.
  5. Accessorize. A little color or a little sparkle can perk up the darkest day, for oneself and even others (particularly one’s little princesses). I add sparkle daily. Also, when you eat lunch with your daughter’s 1st grade class, you will get LOTS of compliments. Beggars can’t be choosers, people. Beggars can’t be choosers…
  6. Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches CAN be eaten everyday. No one will get scurvy. I speak from experience.
  7. Play the music loud and dance… in the living room, in the kitchen, on the front porch…
  8. Silence is not golden. It is the sound of danger and probably the sound of marker and paint (or worse!) being applied to select pieces of furniture or carpet  or bodies during naptime.
  9. The Tooth Fairy is a flake.                                         
  10. The best behavior modification method… *drumroll*… TIME. Time spent snuggling, time spent listening, time spent playing WITH our kids is the best way to help change… not only the child, but the parent.


Ummmm… I just made a Jenny on the Spot Fan Page on Facebook. Madonna prolly has a bunch of fans make fan pages, but I make my own. Don’t judge me. Or do. That’s cool. This is just how it goes in the life of a sad little woman… desperate for love… attention… affirmation… attention… a fan base… And hungry for international fame. Renown. A walk on the red carpet.  I don’t think paparazzi are bad, I think they’re cute. *places crown on head, dances in front of mirror*

I’m kidding.

I’m not kidding.

*clearing throat*

Any advice on Facebook Fan Pages as opposed to using the Networked Blogs app? I don’t like how Networked Blogs posts to my wall with feeds AND notes. I like how a fan page will let conversations happen… But I know I can turn off the feed altogether on NB, but, but, but??? Any social media genius reading this? Mentor me, mentor me…

And when it all boils down… I just want to be in your head… spraying glitter and whatnot.

This sleep deprivation is gonna land me in an institution someday. I just know it.

My amends.


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9 Responses to “A Top 10 List: Things I Have Learned From My Children”

  1. I use NB because some of my readers want it to all be easy. They want to open FB and see my post clear as day on their wall. You can always keep yours that way because if people don’t want to read it they could always block your posts.

    I manage a fan page for our church service. It allows you the opportunity to message all of your readers at once, you can start discussions, post links, etc., etc.

    I believe imho from way to many hours spent on social networking sites that the fan page would be the best for you, but if you’re feeling really bold and in need of really getting your words out, why not do both?

  2. Mis-matching shoes are all the rage for the over-40 set, too, I can tell you. And number 7? That is my personal bible.

    I’ve been contemplating a FB fan page too. I will observe yours closely and see how it goes.

  3. Oh, I so agree on the ego boosting power of the elementary school lunchroom! The same goes for parks, too! Seriously, if I’m having a bad day, I’ll just show up during my 2nd grader’s lunch period (which, gah, is at 10:50 a.m.!!!) and I’m good for a couple days after hearing how nice and pretty I am from the littles!

  4. Mango Girl says:

    I love the list…So very true!

    xo, Mango

  5. words to live by! Thanks for the spray of glitter today…I needed that 🙂

  6. Rhonda5 says:

    The list is invaluable! The only other thing I might add is the myriad of ways to say, “I love you”…My youngest son wants to marry me when he grows up! That’s true love!

  7. Brilliant! You and your children. Clearly, they inherited it from you.

  8. jubilee says:

    I have learned #3 and #8 the hard way!

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