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I love holidays. I especially love holidays that help me experience especially joyous times for children.

Today, I got to fill plastic eggs with candy and stickers and toys and hide them in the yard for my toddler. I then got to help him find them, particularly one little keychain toy of a character he’s wanted to play with for many months, but I had only just recently found for him. He loves egg hunts, and he especially loved finding this toy.

Today’s holiday is always one of renewal and openness to fresh beginnings. It was especially enlightening to have the pleasure of enjoying it with a child who was ecstatically happy because of one simple, tiny little gift.

Here’s to welcoming the brightness and joy of the little things life brings us, helping us better prepare to receive the big things.

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I’ve sometimes had difficulty sleeping lately. This morning I woke up too early, and couldn’t get back to sleep.

The nice thing about being up early though is when I get to hear my toddler in that time between waking up, and wanting to get out of bed. He sings to himself and plays, and I get to hear what’s on his mind.

It occurs to me I can spend this kind of time each morning listening to my inner child, and find out what’s on her mind.

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We have three adults in the household, and one fussy toddler going through a growth spurt. We like to do things all together or just one or two adults and the toddler, but today is just not a good day for him to have an outing.

This morning, I realized something: only one adult needs to take care of the toddler at a time. If we took turns, we could each have two outings and spend some time with each other without having to keep the toddler happy!

I can’t believe I didn’t think of this before. We had a pretty great day, and I look forward to doing this again sometime soon. I am truly fortunate to have two other people my son can rely on, and making the most of this makes a better time for us all.

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I’m working at home this morning, and I turned to my home computer and saw where I had started a post last night before falling asleep. I’m not sure anymore what I was going to say.

I’m sitting here with a young puppy whining and barking to play some more, a sun conure squawking about how he wants to play too, and a fussy toddler leaning on me because he’s glad his mommy’s home and he wants attention.  All while trying to figure out how to arrange numbers on a spreadsheet so they help me pinpoint details in a nebulously vague issue.

Within all of this, the moment strikes me as part of a truly beautiful life. Every single annoyance is just one little part of something or someone for which I am truly grateful.

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Today, my son had a meltdown over not being able to have a choice that just wasn’t available to him today.  He was very upset, pitched a fit, had to have a time-out… an unfortunately common event for the tough times of being a toddler.

I commented that as hard as it was, I recognized it would have been a lot harder if we had taken his tantrum as some kind of threat to our authority as parents, or something like that.  I’ve seen how parenting can be turned into a power struggle by adults who don’t recognize that a toddler is frequently just trying to figure out how to be a little person who has to make choices.  They have tough times, and even though it can sometimes trigger feelings of being challenged, most of the time they’re just trying to sort things out.

I then started to think about how often this can apply to the interactions we have with each other as adults.  There’s so often when it seems like a challenge is being thrown up, when it’s really just someone trying to figure things out in a way that isn’t quite working.  Even if a challenge is intended, it’s often from that same space of not having a firm footing on how to be a person who has to make choices, and therefore isn’t worth responding to in kind.

It’s tough to learn how to keep a compassionate habit of keeping this sort of perspective in mind, sure.  But I’ve found it’s a far easier, happier life to at least try to keep in practice.

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