I would like to say that after three years of being a parent I have some super wise words for all parents to live by. Truth is – I really don’t. But I have learned a few key important things – 3 to be exact.
- TV is not always the devil. It’s just not. Sheffield has learned a ton of things from his favorite shows. Did you know that Blaze teaches them science? Or that Team Umi Zoomi teaches math? Not only that, but Sheffield has picked up on a ton of new words and their meanings. I was shocked to hear the word “counterweight” come out of his mouth. This is not to say that he sits in front of the TV 24/7, but an hour or so a day won’t kill him or me. Plus if it gives me time to get the dishwasher unloaded or to fold a load of laundry – bring it on.
- Get in the damn picture. I am the number one offender of this. B is the one mainly in all of the pictures with Sheffield. I don’t want to regret not being in any of the photos with my kiddo when I go to look back at our life. I don’t want to skip out on being in pictures because my hair looks awful or because I look like a giant heifer in my bathing suit. For one thing, my kid could care less what my hair looks like or how big I look in a swimsuit – he will remember the fun times, and so will I. Stop being self-conscious and take pictures of yourself with your honey.
- If your kid eats cookies for dinner, then your kid eats cookies for dinner. Some nights the fights just aren’t worth it to me. Sheffield is still a pretty picky eater, and for the most part, I feel that if there is some kind of food getting into his belly, then WIN. If he eats Spaghettio’s three nights in a row, WIN. Sheffield loves fruit, but not so much vegetables. And while I do think proper nutrition is important, I don’t think it’s something to get bogged down about, and certainly not an issue to shame another mother about.
So there ya have it – my three all important lessons I’ve learned in motherhood so far. Also, one of the biggest is to not take yourself so seriously. They’re your kids, and they love you no matter what. So get on that ride with them, get in the pool when they’re begging, eat pizza for dinner three nights in a row in front of the TV and enjoy those short 18 years you get with them.