Tuesday, May 26, 2015

The Help

People say to me almost every day, "I don't know how you do it with three little kids." I smile, thinking about how grateful I am to be recognized.  But it's truly unfair to take all of the credit.  My children learn  a little more every day about how to help me and it makes all of our lives easier.  Just yesterday, my oldest astounded me with his willingness to help.

We were having a few people over for Memorial Day we were finishing up our preparations when my daughter woke up from her nap.  Toddlers and tasks don't mesh very well unless said toddler is on your hip.  I have mastered the art of doing many things with her "help" but some things simply must be done alone. I resolved to give up on the finishing touches and went to get her out of her crib.  

As I carried her down, my oldest reached out to her.  "Hi baby girl!  Hi baby!  Do you want to come play with me so Mommy can clean up?" he asked.  "C'mon," he said taking her hand.  "Want to do some puzzles?" 

He walked her over to the rug and got out her wooden puzzles.  "Which shape do you want to learn about first?" he asked her.  "Oh that's a good one!  That's a triangle.  Can you say triangle?"
"Bup!" my daughter replied.
"Good job, baby girl!  Can you put it back here?"

I finished ironing as I listened to his patient teaching.  I was in awe of him, really.  He was so kind and sweet with her.  She, however, was finished with puzzles.  She started making her way over to me and tugged on the curtain I was trying to iron.  

"Be careful, sweet girl," I said as I scooped her up.  My son again came to the rescue.

"Are you done with puzzles?  That's okay.  How about coloring? Do you like coloring?"
He ran to get her paper and crayons as I set her down in her high chair.  He returned with all the supplies and started drawing with her, encouraging her all the way.

I suppose I thought I wouldn't see the fruits of my labor until they were all grown up.  Moments like this show me that every single time I have given up what I wanted to do to help them, love them and nurture them have been worth it.  They learn so much from our behavior.  They do what they see.  I don't always get it right - Most days there is something I said that I wish I could take back.  But overall, they are getting it.  They are understanding what matters.  And that's each other.

Pay attention to what your child does right today.  Tell them how proud you are.  And then stop for a moment and feel proud of yourself for nurturing this incredible little person each and every day of your life.

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