It would be impossible to share all of the things I have learned form my children in my motherhood journey, so I will cap it off at 10.
Bo Derek was a 10…
Things I Have Learned From My Children
- 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. Just generally… slow down and observe. No… SLOWER. Oh the wonder we discover when we take the time to just look… and also spit on the backs of innocent bugs.
- It is not the end of the world if we are late to the doctor/tumbling class/school. Yes, it is important to teach responsibility and the value of being on time; how-to-the-ever, it really isn’t the end of the world (see #1).
- Matching shoes are not a necessity. Really. For an adult, it is a bit more important, but for the 10 and under set? It really is a good day if we get out of the house with one left-foot and one right-footed shoe.
- Laugh. A lot. And Easily. You can’t overdose on that medicine.
- Accessorize. A little color or a little sparkle can perk up the darkest day, for oneself and even others (particularly for one’s little princesses). I try to add a touch of sparkle daily. Bonus: when you eat lunch with your daughter’s 1st grade class, you will get LOTS of compliments.
- Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches CAN be eaten everyday. No one will get scurvy. I speak from experience.
- Play the music loud and dance… in the living room, in the kitchen, on the front porch…
- 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.
- The Tooth Fairy is a flake.
- 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.