No one ever said motherhood would be easy. Actually, I’m pretty sure we’ve all had our butts kicked by our kids at some point or another. For me, it’s a constant reminder that she really is “The Boss”. And the boss is a little crazy.
But I will say one thing….my little boss is constantly teaching me things.
Today I took a second to stop and think about all the little nuggets she’s shown me or taught me over the last 2 years. Some pretty awesome life lessons.
Here are a few:
1. Take pleasure in the little things.
Blow bubbles. Splash puddles. Let snowflakes land on your tongue. Try on mommy’s jewelry. Eat raisins one at a time. Lick the jam off the toast before you take a bite.
She loves taking her time, investigating and savouring the little details. Life moves so fast – it’s easy to get caught up in it and forget the little things that make you feel joy!
“Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.” – Robert Brault
2. Dance to the rhythm of your own drum.
Sing off tune. Dance they way you want. Wear mismatched socks. As adults we’re constantly fearful and mindful of what others will think or say. Her life is limitless. She’s not scared or fearful of failure or judgment.
As we get older, we fear the unknown, stay safely in our comfort zone and perpetually match our socks. I’d like to think the sense of unknown exhilarates our senses and keeps our spirit awake.
3. Baths aren’t just to get clean.
Baths are to practice swimming or to pretend you are an octopus. The crib isn’t just where we sleep – it’s a giant castle for all of your stuffies or a boat that’s sailing through the sea.
A child’s imagination is wild. I can’t believe all of the things she dreams up and how creative her mind becomes. She sees an elaborate fairytale story everywhere!
“Logic will get you from A to Z. Imagination will get your everywhere” ~Albert Einstein
4. Every day is a new day
She pushes a reset button every night. Every morning is a fresh start and all of the worries from the day before have flown away. Her adaptability constantly surprises me – she kinda just goes with the flow (clearly she doesn’t get that from me!).
There’s no baggage from day to day. How I wish I could as easily let go of the past with its often tenuous situations and just chuck my baggage out the window!
“Isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?” – L.M. Montgomery.
5. A hug and kiss fix EVERYTHING.
I’m serious. It’s like a magic potion. It works for skinned knees, major meltdowns and a lost stuffed bunny. It still amazes me how powerful a loving hug is when she’s in the throes of her emotions – whether it’s anger, sadness or frustration.
It’s such a tremendous feeling to know that I have the best antidote to all of the crappy things life hands her… she still needs her mama to make things better!
“The Best Medicine in the World is a Mother’s hug”