Happy Thursday! It’s time to get thankful!
Long ago I did a little post on what I’ve learned from my kids. Today’s Thankful Thursday post is inspired by Momma Kat’s Writer’s Workshop prompt: Things Your Child Can Teach You.
I am thankful to have had the opportunity to learn from my children.
The biggest thing I’ve learned?
- Time goes by quickly. It didn’t seem that way as a kid, but as a parent I have seen just how fast time really does go. With my oldest I returned to work briefly after she was born. I was determined to soak in every baby moment with our second, down to napping with him in my arms each day while big sister napped. I swear one day I laid down with him in my arms and he woke up as the almost 3-year-old with a mischievous sense of humor that he is now.
My children have also taught me:
- There is a reason to smile every day. Don’t believe me? Watch a child. I guarantee at some point during the day they will smile, and they’ll probably make you smile, too.
- Cardboard boxes can be turned into anything. (Heck, I’ve even made walls for our play area with them.)
- That unconditional love really does exist.
- That I have a lot to be thankful for. EVERY DAY.
- That sometimes things don’t go according to plan. And that’s okay. Sometimes it’s even better.
So, now I have to know. What have you learned from your kids?
Time does go by fast especially once they start school, it seems to breeze by. My kids have taught me that playdoh is for mixing colours and crayons are for peeling the paper off. 🙂 Stopping by from Mama Kat’s!
I love the Play-doh one — I need to let go of my need to keep the Play-doh one color… I should get out the older stuff and let them go to town!
Great post…yes, my kids have taught that asking questions it the best avenue to learning, that I am not as patient as I thought I was, that yes, love can be unconditional, how a simple sandwich repeated for every lunch can the most joyful things…to be joyful and grateful for all that you have even if it is just a PB& J.
Thanks for sharing!
Yes, PATIENCE – that is a biggie I’ve learned from my kids! And I have a ways to go!
DM Yates says
One day when my son was young, he and I were setting out Christmas decorations when he quit helping. I asked him why he was stopping and told him it was important to finish a project. He asked what was the use, since I just repositioned whatever he put out. I hadn’t realized I was doing that, but when I thought about it, I realized I was. I apologized and told him to put the items how he thought they belonged and I would leave them that way. I learned a big lesson that day.
Oh, how that sounds familiar! My sister and I can remember many times we did things and our mom re-did them. Even when I was married and folding my sheets one day when she was up, she took the sheet and refolded it when I was done…
Sometimes I have found myself redoing something my kids do, and then I stop myself. I know how that feels and I don’t want them to feel like that.
I am thankful for my family and all they have done for me throughout my life. They have always been there for me and I would be lost without them. I a very thankful that they are healthy and happy.
Family is one of those things that can’t be replaced. Priceless!
Time does fly! I’m dying thinking that my baby is almost one and my other baby is almost three. And my oldest baby is almost 13! How in the world does that happen?!?
I know! The mom of my little girl’s friend was just talking about how they’d be turning 5. And I thought – no, mine is only going to be 4 1/2… LOL. I can’t bring myself to say she’ll be 5 this year!
I always told my husband that the only unconditional love I think a human is capable of is between a parent and child. There really is nothing like it!
There really isn’t, is there? I never knew love like this until I held my little ones in my arms.
I relate to every word! When my kids were small I recall very often thinking to myself-take in every single detail because it will soon be gone. My youngest is about to turn 18. I still love the time I get with them. Wouldn’t trade it for the world. Thanks for the reminder.
Tina Hickman says
I used to love napping with my son!
Last night mine fell out of bed, so I picked him up and held him while we lay down together. Brought back a lot of great memories!
Things don’t go according to plan…..I’m still dealing with that one. As of right now, I’m seriously holding in to a scream because my kids did not take a nap when they were supposed to. *sigh* I guess this is where the unconditional love comes in….:)
Oh, yes, things not going to plan is one of the toughies!
Mine both gave up naps earlly…. But on those days they don’t stay in their rooms for quiet time, THOSE are the days I have to count to 10. A LOT. And try not to scream.
The Meaning of Me says
Absolutely the truth! Lovely post. Here from Mama Kat’s. 🙂