Must remember-

Sometimes there are things that kids say or do that as a parent you never, ever want to forget.  I struggle with where to file these things.  In my journal?  (Which is mostly story outlines and drawings of jewelry)  Print them out and tuck them away in a photo album?

Ah, a blog post.

So here you all go-

  1. When my daughter was really small I would pat her on her back to calm her down when she cried.  It became so reflexive I’d find myself doing it when she was already calm, too.  One day she did it back to me.  Now the back-pat has become mother-daughter lingo for “I love you.”  My son has started doing it, too.
  2. Both of my kids find themselves praised so often that they think that if you like someone, you praise their efforts.  So whenever I’m fishing for a word and think of it, “good job!”  Whenever I manage to get food on the table in front of them without tripping over my feet, “good job!”  Whenever I read a book, “good job!”
  3. My son has become a real trickster.  He was starting to yell “BOTTLE BOTTLE BOTTLE” and throw his bottle at me when he was thirsty.  When it became clear that I hated him doing that, he started doing the same thing more often.  So when I would grumpily say, “oh, you think I’m going to get you a bottle?” he’d fall over laughing and say “no!”
  4. My daughter got so used to me correcting her pronouncing “t” as “d” and saying “with your teeth, T”, that she has started doing it to me as revenge even though I pronounce things correctly.
  5. My son will eat anything I tell him I don’t want him to have, including red onions and raw garlic.  I’m considering saying “that’s really not to eat” when I put his plate on the table, just to see what he does.
  6. My daughter got a flower girl’s dress at a garage sale two weeks ago, and has worn it every day since.  She says she feels like Princess Ariel on her wedding day.  My husband always corrects her by saying, “prettier than Ariel.”

It’s easy to get caught up in everything that you don’t have.

It’s wonderful to learn to remember everything you DO.


13 thoughts on “Must remember-

  1. Thanks so much for letting us in on this… it made me happy, just reading about your kids and you. (and I really needed a pick-me-up.)

  2. How Blessed you are….its nice to see a mother appreciating that gift. So many are so bogged down with their daily lives and don’t see how wonderful having children are.

  3. Thanks Lindsey – that brought a smile to my face – hopefully one day – I’ll be able to start reporting the same on my blog.

  4. Lindsey, aren’t kids grand? Thank you for this wonderful reminder that we have plenty of good things to rejoice in and remember.

  5. Lindsey, I hope you don’t mind, but I read this post aloud to my mom, over the phone. she loves small children, and also desperately needed to hear something cheerful and encouraging.

    It did the trick.

    She also thinks you’re a gifted writer, and that she knows what you mean about not wanting to miss the lovely things about kids while in the midst of life as it’s happening, all at once. (There were 3 of us, BTW, so she had her hands full!)

  6. Lindsey, While I don’t have any kids I know they be some real gems.

    Thanks for sharing those with us. I got a grin outta them.


  7. At times I can’t understand why everyone doesn’t want to work in the Church Nursery!

    I’ve got one… a little more serious. It happened when my oldest daughter (now 29) was 4. I was still doing drugs back then but in order to be a “good daddy” I would always go over to Greg’s house to do it. One afternoon I say to my wife “I’m gunna go over to Greg’s. I’ll be back later.” My little 4yr old angel walked over to me, stood right in front of me and the door, looked up at me and said, “Daddy, I thought you said you were going to stop doing that!” Ouch! That pretty much did it for me.

    Now to end on a more humerous note.

    Our “new kids”: our youngest a four year old boy was born addicted to drugs. I’m not sure if it has anything to do with it or not but he has difficulty pronouncing his “s”s. It comes out as an “f” instead of an “s”. Which isn’t that bad unless he tries to convince us that he hasn’t been sucking his thumb. We can’t help but snicker as we try to correct him.

  8. M54, a lot of kids have that same trouble saying f instead of s. Which does lead to many humorous situations. Of course I corrected the pronunciation before I went off into the other room to snicker.

    Isn’t it amazing that our kids can point out, in no uncertain terms, where we are failing? But they can also point out when we are doing things right.

    I remember the day my youngest came to me and said that he loved me no matter what. I asked what he meant by that and he reponded he knows I love him no matter how he does on his report card and he knows that I love him even if he breaks my favorite toy and he loves me back in the same way. Blessed are you to have these kids.

  9. Awws you know what? This makes my heart glow with such warmth. It gives me such incredible hope, hope that I can’t really put into words nor explain in a comment. The realisation that there are people like you, people who are mothers such as you, who care and love so unconditionally, it gives me hope.

    Thanks for being who you are, who you are to us, who you are to your kids and who you are to the world, amazing!

  10. That is so precious! My son is only 1 but we have been clapping every time he does something good – and every time he falls, so that he doesn’t cry. Now, he just started clapping for himself when he falls over or when he obeys and it’s adorable.

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