Motherhood always comes as a surprise to me. Just when I think I completely understand my daughters, I suddenly find that I don’t. But it is these constant changes in personality and attitude are what makes being a parent exciting – one day my 4-year-old loves the color blue (and insists on drinking out of ONLY blue cups) and the next day she’s into the color green again. Go figure.
I have also realized that there are moments when I wish I didn’t have to learn some of the new things my children present to me. For example, my kindergartener announced at dinner this evening that she thought a boy in her class was “super cute.” What? Hugh? Seriously? I have to deal with this “boy” stuff NOW??? Or the day when my 7-year-old daughter decided that it was cool to continually say things to worry me and then follow them up with “Ha, ha! I’m just kidding mom!” Whatever. I’m too old for this stuff.
Yet in all of those changing moments our daughters present to us on a daily (or hourly) basis, the surprises that make it all worth while are when you realize you may have actually done something right as a parent. Like when you toss them in the car for the 10th carpool of the day- demanding that they play quietly in the backseat because you have a massive headache – and as if by some God given miracle they actually do it! Or when your daughter sits slurping her morning smoothie and joyously acknowledges that in fact you are the best strawberry and banana smoothie maker in America. Those are the kind of things I love to learn about my ever-changing daughters and the kind of moments that make all of us remember why we had kids in the first place.
- Blue Boy Trouble in My Pink Girl World
- Perfectly Peanut-Butter Play-Doh
- Why Therapy Doesn’t Work on Your Own Children
- Oatmeal, Dinosaurs, and Destroying.
- The Streaker.