Saturday, December 22, 2012

Don’t Pat Yourself on the Back Too Soon


Sometimes I think I’ve got this parenting thing mastered.  I had an “I’ve got this down” moment at the gym the other day.

I had finished working out and was picking up the kids from the childcare area.  I was changing Kenzie’s diaper when one of the daycare workers came up to me as I was coming out of the bathroom.

“I just wanted to tell you how wonderful Hudson is.  I asked him if he wanted to play with the Legos and he said 'no, thank you'.  Then later he helped me clean up.  He always says please and thank you.  He just has the best manners and I just wanted to tell you that you have done a wonderful job.”

I thought to myself, I am doing a good job.  Yes, they act up.  I can’t get Hudson to try any new foods or remember to flush to toilet, but in the grand scheme of things my kids are sweet, considerate, well-mannered human beings.

I walked out holding their sweet little hands feeling, finally, like maybe I had been going a good job this whole time.  We waited for another daycare worker to buzz us out.

“I had to tell Kenzie about 5 times not to climb on the table.  Every time she looked at me like she knew exactly what I was saying, but she did it anyway.”

Sometimes I pat myself on the back too soon.



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