Do your kids remember that time you made them laugh until milk ran out their nose? Or the afternoon you finally took the trainer-wheels off their bike — and they went head first into the bushes? Or that time you’d sing as a family, Kookaburra Sits In The Old Gum Tree ALL the way to Victor Harbor? Why do they remember those things?
Because it’s the little moments that matter.
During my 5 week break with my family, I was able to REALLY be in the moment with my beautiful little fam-bam and appreciate the little everyday moments. I love my job so much. But I love my family more.
So, my New Year’s resolution is to celebrate the little moments that matter. All I want is to fill my kids’ heads (and hearts) with thousands of wonderful, magical memories that they’ll think of when someone asks them in years to come, “how was your childhood”?
But, I know what it’s like when everything seems impossible and juggling work and family is hard. But from one mumma to another, let’s all remind each other to stop and appreciate those little moments that REALLY do matter.
1. When your child does his first poo ON THE TOILET (not the floor!). We cheered like the Crows had just won the Grand Final!
2. When they lose their first tooth and a little part of you is sad, because it means they’re growing up.
3.When they come into your room the next morning, with a face full of pride — the Tooth Fairy came!
4. When they draw a face (or what slightly resembles one) for the first time.
5. When they say “Mummy, I love you.” OMG it gets me every time!
6. The day you take their floaties off and realise THEY CAN SWIM! This is one of the best moments ever!
7. When you hear them singing Christmas carols in the back of the car and you remember what it felt like as a kid, to believe in magic.
8. When they say a swear word for the first time, and you ALL crack up laughing, even though you know you shouldn’t. F**k, that’s funny.
9. When you watch your favourite childhood movie with them for the first time. ET was a winner!
10. When you see your husband teach your son how to tie his shoelaces. Then see him practising when he thinks no-one is watching.
11. When you receive your first invitation to a birthday party. THEY HAVE FRIENDS! Ahhhh. I can sleep at night.
12. When they are so scared to get up in front of people and you see them for the first time, speak in front of their entire school assembly! Facing their fears makes me so proud.
13. When you’re toilet training and have your first car ride in undies. No nappy!
14. When they finally pronounce “hospital” correctly.
15. When you get your child’s report card and it says this… “Alfie is always the first child to include others, especially if another child is upset. He makes everyone feel like they belong.” YES! Our little guy is kind!
So, one day you’ll pick your child up. Then you’ll put them down — and you’ll never pick them up again. OMG, this makes me so sad! They grow up so fast, so let’s try and embrace those little moments that REALLY matter.
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