The beautiful thing about learning is that no one is too young or old to teach and/or learn. Learning is more than what is taught in the classroom, it is a culmination of little lessons packed in real life experiences. As long as you are willing to learn, you will pick valuable lessons from the strangest of places.
Motherhood is my ‘strange place’ and my lil girl keeps teaching me timely refreshing lessons. It is a humbling experience to learn from one who doesn’t quite meet the age requirement of a teacher in a school setting.
1. Laugh Heartily
Lil Miss K laughs like a little grown up- you know a proper ‘ha ha ha’ laugh. It often catches us unaware but has us laughing as well. Sometimes I am slightly concerned that she thinks we have funny faces 😉 or she keeps remembering a private joke about us and bursts out into laughter. All in all, I wouldn’t trade the hearty laughs for anything. They are heartwarming.
In an age where you can see something funny and respond ‘lol’ with a straight face, I am reminded to actually laugh out loud. The most important lesson is to laugh at myself. Sometimes I take life and myself a tad bit too seriously. Most of the things that I frown about are really never that serious in light of the bigger picture.
I’ve purposed to laugh everyday this year and spread the good cheer. There are so many things to be sad about but if we all shared with someone one thing to laugh about, the world would truly be a jollier place.
2. Necessity Is The Mother Of Invention
When her soother kept falling out of her mouth while she was asleep, she would feel for it and if she found it she would put it back in her mouth. Sometimes the angle was wrong but she eventually figured it out. If she wasn’t able to find it she would cry to let us know she wanted it back in her mouth as soon as possible. About a month ago, we realized she no longer cried for help. If she couldn’t find it, she would just suck her fingers instead. Voila, just like that she became more independent, with or without the soother the dreams would continue.
I was challenged by this little girl to INNOVATE. It is okay to sit, well…lie and cry but after a while I should try and work around the situation. I never know, I may just surprise myself and find a solution.
3. Silence Does Not Mean Neglect
Every evening there is a rush hour in the K household; it usually ends up in a relaxing bath for lil missy. Sometimes she gets a bit cranky by the time I start preparing her bath stuff, so she may want some extra TLC.
Three weeks ago as I prepared her stuff she started getting edgy and I could hear her letting me know exactly that in baby language (the tone said it all). I entered the bathroom to get something and for a minute I was silent. She got so cross and started to cry. I came out, picked her up, held her and begun to explain to her that just because there was silence for a minute did not mean that I had neglected her. I was actually putting things together for her bath. Once she was in her tub, she was as happy as a lark; she loves the water. All her worries were washed away and she understood (or so I hope) that I had not forgotten her.
When God is silent, it does not mean that He has forgotten me or neglected me. He is usually working in the background for my good. Though I don’t hear Him I can still trust that He has my best interests at heart. This is such a simple and humbling truth. I can trust His plan.
Romans 8:28 (NIV)
28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
Hearty laughs and toothless smiles from the pretty lady 🙂