Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Taking the time to breathe and appreciate
I was in a bit of a cranky mood yesterday, had been dealing with a headache all day long, and then was short with my son when he got out of the bathtub and ran all over the house without drying off (for at least the 50th time in the past month, it seemed). My wife reminded me that he is only 5 and can't remember everything we tell him. He's still little and sometimes my expectations are too high. She was right. I need to step back a bit and breathe sometimes.

I used to know this, and practice it really well. I used to give new moms the advice about just enjoying your baby all you can, even when tired or cranky or not really in the mood to enjoy. I used to be great at living in the moment and appreciating what IS - right then and there. Then I started law school, and much of my former patience was worn thin. That's not fair to my son, my family, or me. I'm going to work on that.

1 comment:

patti_cake said...

Very very good advice and something I need to remind myself almost daily also. She's only 2 1/2 and I expect too much.