This is a guest post by a friend and regular follower of Ignite Your Essence, Garry Cyre
Any parent knows raising kids is not easy. You’ve brought this little life into the world and now it’s your responsibility to feed them, clothe them, teach them right from wrong, show them the ways of the world so to speak, not an easy job. My daughter is about to turn two and is starting to develop her own unique personality, as a parent this is a very exciting time. I get to watch as she discovers everything around her; I get to share in her excitement and I get to help in defining who she is. But something that has taken me completely by surprise is how much she has been teaching me about life and how it should be lived.
Everything is MINE.
She wants everything, my cell phone, cookies, her books doesn’t matter if she sees it she wants it and why not. Too many times we are told we can’t have it, you can’t be rich, you can’t be happy, and you can’t be successful, why not? The only reason she can’t have a cookie is because I said she can’t and the only reason I can’t do what I want is because someone told me I can’t.
There is no moment more important than this one
Young kids are awesome, give them something new and interesting and they are hooked for hours. My daughter loves books; she sits there totally engrossed in any book you give her. All her effort and attention is focused on that book and nothing is more important to her than reading those pages, or at the very least looking at the pictures. If I gave half the attention to my daily activities that she does just on that one book no telling what could be accomplished.
Persistence and patience are the keys
Trying to get a 2yr old to do exactly what you want can be a struggle sometimes, she wants a cookie and I want her to have a carrot. The conversation usually goes something like this: Me: carrot? Her: Cookie! Me: carrot? Her: Cookie! Me: carrot? Her: cookie? Me: carrot? Her: Carrot! All it takes is a little patience and some persistence in order for her to do what I want. Same thing goes with life; anything can be accomplished with a little persistence and patience.
Everyone is my friend
This is one of the most important things she has taught me. Whenever she meets someone new there is always that initial shyness, who are you and what’s your story, but as soon as that wears off you are now a friend for life. I accept you for who you are and I will show you exactly who I am no questions asked.
Everything is better with Cheerios
Need I say more?