It’s chaotic.It’s exhausting.It’s tears mixed with laughing while negotiating about why shoes need to match.It’s beds with too many tenants that leave pee stains on sheets and give kicks to the face.It’s requests to watch Elmo and Frozen everyday.
Over and over again.
It’s spilled milk and crunched cheerios. All over your van. And couch. And crevices of your purse?!
It’s everything you love.
Mixed with every kind of stress. All day then all night. No breaks in sight.
It consumes your mind. It fills your heart. It exhausts your body. It grows you like you never imagined.
The one time in our lives where we have kids in the home. Littles (and not so littles) that need us. That love us. That we LOVE from head to toe while simultaneously draining us from head to toe.
The older generation tells us with love:
“Don’t blink or you’ll miss it.It passes before you know it.Savor it now. It’s your one chance.”
And we politely while somewhat annoyed respond:
“Yes, I know. I know. I hear that a lot.And I want to. I really do. That’s why I had kids. To enjoy them.But the days, they just fly by. And before I know it, they are another day older. Meanwhile I still haven’t brushed my teeth. Or hair.So savoring them. Well, it’s harder than you know.”
Can you relate?
If so, here’s 10 easy ways you can blink today and feel like you didn’t miss out on your child today.
1. Draw an outline of your hand. Then lay their hand inside the outline of your hand and trace their hand. Have them look at the differences in the sizes of your hands and remind them that their hand will one day grow as large as yours. But for now it’s small. And that means they’re still growing and you like that. Then ask them to go on a walk with you. And hold their hand. And don’t let go until they do.
2. Have a staring contest with them. Tell them you have to keep a straight face with absolutely no laughing. Then flare your nostrils at them. Cross your eyes. Make your craziest face until they can’t contain themselves anymore. Then take them in the bathroom and have them practice making silly faces with you.
3. Turn on some music and ask them to teach you some dance moves…