As a parent, you spend a LOT of time teaching your children. How to walk, how to use the toilet, how to tie their shoes, how to use a spoon, how to do long division - you get the idea. But sometimes if you are lucky and you sit back and listen - they have lots to teach you, too! Here are some things I have learned about life from my boys.
Moving is FUN! My boys run around the backyards playing football. For fun. They have NO CLUE that they are getting exercise in. Kids all over my neighborhood right now are riding bikes, playing basketball, splashing around in the pool, and running through sprinklers. I am sitting on the couch half watching a Big Bang Theory re-run. Hang on a second - I am going to shoot some hoops!
Friends are amazing. My boys will rush through their chores just so they can go to a friend's house and play. I get an invite for lunch with a friend and think of a million other things I should be doing. My dear friends, I am sorry. Let's go out and play! You know what they say about all work!
Say NO! How many times will your toddler tell you no when she doesn't want to do something you have asked? Where did we lose this? Now when someone asks me to do something I don't want to do - I smile politely and take on the responsibility. My inner two year old really needs to speak up sometimes . . . she is not happy!
Simple things are the best. How many of us have spent a fortune on a new toy, just to have the kids play with the box it comes in? The simplest things make kids happy sometimes. Learn to re-love the simple joys in life like a good summer thunderstorm or a walk through the woods.
Quiet time is good. Do you have an adult coloring book? GET ONE! Life is crazy. And loud. And hectic. Sometimes, I just want to put on some comfy PJ's and color. Bonus points if you do it from a blanket fort.
Life is full of magic. As adults, we tend to overlook the most amazing of things. Butterflies fluttering through the air, a big and full moon, wildflowers on the side of the road, birds chirping outside, fairies playing in our gardens. Wish on a star and blow dandelions in the wind. Don't forget to find the magic in your day.
What has a child taught you about life?