Wednesday, May 04, 2011
As parents, we are constantly teaching our children. It may be overt teaching, role modeling, or simple day-to-day interactions. Conversely, our children are always learning, whether it be through formal education, social interaction, or simple observation of the world around them. There is always something we can always learn.
This past weekend was filled with situations that were fuel for reflection. I would like to share what I learned and even get some feedback from our readers as to what they have learned through being a parent.
1. Family is the most important aspect of a child’s life.
2. If a person has even one individual in their life that they trust and feel completely secure with, then they have what they need to feel fulfilled as a human being.
3. Yes, a dog, or other pet, can, at times, be a sibling.
4. All work, and no play, can stifle our imagination, our creativity, and lead us to burn out.
5. Exercise that doesn’t feel like exercise is the best type of exercise of all!
6. Even 48 year-old, out-of-shape, Moms can learn to play handball!
7. The best bonding is usually found either through car rides, or sitting together with Legos or a puzzle.
8. It’s okay if you want to wear your underpants backwards. Who’s going to check?
9. It’s good to be persistent. It may make a Mother’s hair turn prematurely gray and she may need to hide in the bathroom and count to 1,000, but if your child is motivated to achieve something, or get something done, perseverance and persistence will get them there! Don’t squelch it!
10. Go outside. There is a wonder that nature provides during every season.
11. Introduce yourself to new people. My son does this all the time. I can’t tell you how much fun he has had by walking up to other children around his age and saying, “Hi! I’m Brandon! Want to play?” To my knowledge, his tactic hasn’t failed yet!
12. Leaving the house with two socks on and entering the house with only one can be liberating.
13. When you are down in the dumps and nothing seems to pick up your spirits, go see a movie about hip-hop, singing and dancing birds!
14. Sleep when your child sleeps! Even if that is at 8:30pm! You might find that waking up completely refreshed, rather than putting that last load of laundry away or emptying the dishwasher was so worth it!
15. Children get dirty, especially boys. That’s why boy’s clothing comes in ugly, drab, dark colors. And also why there are 15 different types of stain removers in stores.
16. Show your affection. If you are home, there is no need to ask permission. If you are out in public, ask out of courtesy. And hug like you never want them to leave!