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    Default Spinoff * What do your children teach you?

    Inspired by another thread, it got me thinking about things your children do that make you stop and think about life in general. They're always looking for the beauty in things and enjoying life's little treats. I think we're all guilty of rushing through stages of life or concerned about this or that but at the end of the day (and at the end of our time), does it really matter?

    For example, when I'm feeling flustered or cranky my dd2 (15months) will always climb on my lap or beg me to pick her up, stare in my eyes and say "mummy?" Before giving me a great big open mouthed kiss. It's like she's saying "it's ok mummy, it doesn't matter". It is a sure fired guaranteed way to get me to stop and look at the big picture. Who cares if we're 2 minutes late getting out the door? It's not that big of a deal.

    I'm not very good at explaining myself in writing, sorry if it doesn't make sense lol....


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    besides teaching me that my patience is indeed NOT unlimited

    she does teach me to appreciate life.

    To do and think about the things that are important, and to try not to sweat the small stuff (she sweats the small stuff to an 'nth' degree, so trying to teach her to look at the bigger picture makes me realise how much I need to do that in my own life too)

    To make friends ... I am a little bit introverted at times, and watching her make new friends teaches me that if you approach people and start a conversation, that friendships develop.

    Its amazing

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    How to eat my words..

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    My son constantly teaches me to keep chugging along and keep trying at goals even if they come easy to other people.

    My daughter reminds me that it is more then ok to not be friends with people who don't live up to your personal standards.

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    wait you mean she taught you that when you said My child will never ....."still be in nappies at 3, have a tantrum, misbehave in public while I ignore them, sleep in my bed, have a dummy ... *insert endless other pre-child philisophy* ..... that you didnt stick to that?

    tsk tsk



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    im a grandma , I have been taught by my own children, and now by my grandchildren, I could write a book about all the things I have been taught, and shown, and I am thankful for it all. sometimes I get to teach them too. and I love that as well. marie

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    Because of DD I am much better at standing up for myself and not getting pushed into things I really don't want to do. I am no longer swayed on the things that are truly important to me. I'm not just standing up for me anymore, it's for her as well.

    Also to have no expectations of how things will go. It's never as you expect with children.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BH-KatiesMum View Post
    wait you mean she taught you that when you said My child will never ....."still be in nappies at 3, have a tantrum, misbehave in public while I ignore them, sleep in my bed, have a dummy ... *insert endless other pre-child philisophy* ..... that you didnt stick to that?

    tsk tsk


    Pretty much

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    Patience - I always seem to be doing a million things and she is great at reminding me to slow down and enjoy things

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    Whenever DS starts to get cranky I say take a deep breath , which he does , I've been saying this since he was about 2 and whenever I get stressed over work or am cranky for whatever reason or even if I yell at the dog DS says "mum take a deep breath" and I do and it works - we forget sometimes to practice what we preach !

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