Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Parenting, don't take it too seriously
Here we are again friends. Nearing the end of another month and going into another. I have to say that even though we didn't get to do all the things we wanted to or planned to this summer, this season has been one of the best for me in so many ways, professionally and personally. I am riding this wave inspiration and I pray that it continues on. So let's get into this one.
From the day I announced my pregnancy and since I've become a parent, people have been throwing me great advice, whether they were conscience of it or not. Every kind of topic I could possibly think of has been discussed with friends, relatives, co-worker and complete strangers. Some with children, some without, some in relationships and others single. The opinions and examples that were presented to me were abundant. Everything from breastfeeding to bottle feeding, homeschooling or private school, cloth diapers to disposable ones, different ways of discipline and on and on the list goes. But one thing that I hardly hear about is...well, just having fun with your kids. This is something that I have learned...don't take it too seriously. Now, I am not saying let your child hang from the ceiling fan and see what happens, but you need to understand that every moment of everyday, your little one is getting older and the older your baby gets, the closer your child is to going onto that next stage and no longer living the life you want them to, but living the life they were meant to live. Its in these little moments that I have the most fun with my son. Hearing his deep, noisy, belly laugh and his amusement at saying the word "booty" over and over again. I allow myself to be silly with him, to not worry about tuition or haircuts. I can just be in the moment with my wee one, enjoying...well, him being a child. And frankly, its relaxing. Its simple, there's no thought process. Its like the book Siddhartha, you just flow like the river, just go where it takes you.
My son is obsessed with cars and one of his favorites are Hummers. Every time he sees one, he yells out "HUMMER" as loud he can, along with my self support his love for the massive vehicle. But this is one of my favorite times with him, so much so that even when he's not in the car with me I still say "HUMMER" out loud to myself and smile. Its the little things, the silly moments that make all the difference and show the greatest expression of our relationship, our hearts and our love. So take some time to be in that child moment with your little one, I promise you its one of the best things that you can do.
love Malinda xoxox