Why it’s important to reflect
One of the most incredible things you can do as a parent is watch your child interacting with someone other than you. It is easy to forget – day in, day out, all the little things they do with you.
I love watching my daughter with other people. I beam with pride and love.
It is the moment I get to reflect on how amazing she is; how much she has learned, how fast she is growing up.
Just for a few minutes I don’t have to be the one stopping her from eating the grass or hitting the cat with her xylophone stick.
I’m not on cup stacking duty.
I’m not repeating “no” as she approaches the fireplace.
I just enjoy looking at a funny, beautiful, giggling ball of gorgeousness.
Maybe that is what it is like to be a grandparent? Maybe this is why my parents were so keen, for so long for us “kids” to have babies!
I watch my daughter interacting, and frankly, ‘showing off’ her little tricks. I see the fruits of my labour. (No, not that one).
I mean the stuff I’ve been teaching her all these months. The way she smiles and claps with other people; dances when music comes on. The “clip clop” horsey noise she clucks with her tongue.
“Ah she’s so clever” I say to myself; grinning, with a little tear in my eye as she waves at the other shoppers on our way out of the supermarket.
The words she uses; the actions and body language we communicate with. I know no-one else understands as many of these as I do, but that’s why we’re special.
The list could go on.
My point is, some days, it is so important to take a step back and watch. If you are lucky enough to get that moment, take it. Memorise it. Cherish it.
You’ll need it the next time you are so tired of the food being chucked on the floor. Use it on the day you feel at the end of your tether.
Recall the memory; reflect back, and think – It’s ok. It’s worth it. She is amazing.
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