My son has already taught me so much in his short 26 months on earth; lessons I didn’t even realize I had learned until after the fact, some I desperately needed to learn and many I’m still struggling to embrace. I know my teacher has only just begun and there is much more wisdom to be gained, but in 26 months, here’s what I’ve learned so far:
- Play, dance, sing, run, eat – essentially, do everything with abandon!
- Find pleasure in the small things. There is wonder all around us, whether it’s an ant moving along the sidewalk, a water fountain, an orange tree, a song I’ve heard a hundred times or literally stopping to smell the roses.
- Playtime and imagination are necessary for survival. Laundry, dishes and errands can wait, being silly cannot.
- Love. As boundless as I think my love for Lucas is, it grows each and every day surprising and touching me in ways I never thought possible.
- Roll with the punches, go with the flow and realize that plans change. Toddler time is different that real time and that’s okay. I’m learning to plan accordingly.
- Laugh more. Some words and sounds (typically of the bodily function variety) are funny.
- Patience is most definitely a virtue. This is one of those teachings I struggle with. Daily!
- Connection is key. Sitting down and communicating with others helps to see things from a different perspective and lets you know they care.
- Time flies when you’re having fun. Toddlers are only toddlers for a short period of time and every single moment should be appreciated.
- Every now and then, a time-out is in order. Breaks are good. Counting to 10, breathing deeply and full bodied Cabernets aren’t bad either!
What is your child teaching you?