31 Days of Parenting Littles: Enjoy
People have a tendency to be very negative about parenting- even parents who LOVE their kids and love being parents still say a lot of negative things surrounding parenting in general. This tends to come out most while talking with parents who have younger children than they do (or pregnant moms- they get it the worst I think!). "Just you wait..." Sleepless nights, colic, tantrums, terrible twos, sassy three year olds, rebellious teens, etc, etc. When people see you with more than two children, or even more than one sometimes, it's always, "Wow, you've got YOUR hands full!" Today we were at the mall with our three kiddos and although I got oohs and ahhs over Anneke, I still got that comment from several people, and even worse, "So you must be done now, right?"
Well, I've got a different story for you, pregnant mom. New mom. Mom with young children. Just you wait! Just you wait for those first smiles- they'll light up your world and make everything sparkle. Just you wait for those first giggles- you won't be able to stop yourself from laughing in delight with them. Just you wait until your baby is sitting and noticing the world around them so much more- you get so many more of those cute sweet laughs (that have now turned into belly chuckles!) when you play peek-a-boo. Just you wait for those first steps and the way your baby is so proud of themselves.
Just you wait...Just you wait until your two year old is starting to talk more. You'll be so delighted by the simplest things he says! Just you wait until your three year old "reads" memorised books to you. Just you wait for those first sweet times your little one starts trying to take care of you when you're sick- it's the most amazing, heartwarming thing to have your child tuck you under a blankie and tell you to rest. Just you wait until they pray for someone who is sick with childlike faith and determination that they'll get better.
Just you wait...there is so much to enjoy at every age. Don't let the challenges keep you from enjoying your kids, and remember to spread some positivity to other parents about what's to come- they hear enough of the negatives already!