We all have those moments where we just need to feel like we aren’t doing so bad as a parent after all. I’m not talking about those rare moments when someone tells you, “You’re a great mom.” I’m talking about something the kids do or say that makes you realize you’re raising some pretty awesome kids.
This morning I was blessed with one of those moments.
I’ve mentioned before that our son is not the world’s best sleeper. We even had a special party this fall when he finally slept in his own bed for a whole week in a row.
Unfortunately his sleep habits didn’t magically improve after that week.
I don’t know why I never thought of it before, but a week ago I made a little sleep chart for us to check off days on. He really wanted a Hot Wheel snow plow, and so we made that the prize he’d earn if he slept in his bed for 7 nights in a row. (I’m hoping that since Hot Wheels worked magic when he was potty training, maybe they can help again.)
Wanting to establish a new habit of sleeping in his bed on a regular basis, I decided we’d make another chart, this time for 10 days.
When I asked him what prize he wanted to earn, I expected to hear “another Hot Wheel.”
His surprising answer? A princess doll for his sister.
Now it’s not unusual for my kids to ask for a second cookie or other treat so they can share with their sibling, but I never expected that he would want to earn a toy for his sister.
I am the first to admit I am far from being perfect, but today I know I’m doing at least a little something right.