The old cliché is true: you are never too old to learn, but you are never too young to learn, either! It’s a fact that we start learning before we ever even enter the world; we learn to recognize family members’ voices before we are born, and from there on, our learning curve just accelerates! Equally true is that you can learn from anyone, which is a truth proven in a valuable lesson I learned from my child recently!
Here’s my story:
I lay in bed this morning as I do most mornings, wondering , “Why am I awake?” I really like my sleep. Like, A LOT. The answer to my question comes in the boisterous voice of my four year old, who is talking at my husband, who can’t get a word in edgewise as he gets ready for work. His excitement and enthusiasm are cranked to 11 as he talks about all this new day could hold, and acts out some scenes from last night’s family movie time.
I finally decide to get out of bed. After all, I really need to pee now that I’m awake, and I might as well take a shower before another tiny voice joins the choir with her favorite solo, “MOMMY, LET ME OUT!” My husband has left for work by now, so before I hop into the shower, I send him a quick message: “We seriously need to work on his indoor voice. :(” Away it goes, and I’m off to the races.
I fix my kiddos’ breakfast and while I wait for my much-needed coffee to brew. I check my phone, and I am greeted with this reply: “I am sorry. 🙁 In a year or so, though, you won’t probably even see him until 3PM most days…” Not quite sure what that meant, my first thought was, “Do you mean in like, ten years, when I will have to drag him out of his bed in the mornings?” Then it all came clear: “No, dummy, kindergarten, in ONE year!” Now I am the one with a sad face – no emoji needed.
Although the truth stung at first, I quickly realized that when that time comes, I will miss these days so much! I LOVE being home with my babies, no matter how tiring it may be. I scoop up my jammy-wearing little boy to tell him how much I love him, and that he is growing entirely too fast. I smell the coffee brewing and think to myself, “He looks forward to those special morning moments with his daddy just like I look forward to that freshly brewed cup; that’s why he’s so loud! He simply can’t hold in the excitement of his morning rush of having his dad completely to himself.”
It can be hard to take constructive criticism without getting offended, but it can change your whole day if you ask yourself one question: Is it true? Of course, much of the criticism that comes your way will be false. Hit “delete” on those criticisms and move on, but the ones that make it to your inbox of truth might just give you a whole new outlook on your day. Your reason for fretting may very well turn into your reason for celebrating!
I learned more than one lesson here, that’s for sure!
Lesson 1: Hug your babies tight, because they grow unbelievably fast!
Lesson 2: Recognize and learn from constructive criticism instead of getting offended!
Lesson 3: I really need to get this preschool thing figured out!!!
As sad as it makes me that he is growing up so fast, it is time for me to get out of denial and to help my little boy develop his mind so that he is ready to learn and grow into the man he will eventually become *sniff*! Now that I have purposed to do this, I am making a plan, and here’s where I am starting.
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First, I have joined The Academy, which was created by Connie Deal, a teacher who is busy teaching her own toddlers! I really didn’t know where to start with establishing a school curriculum, and now I’ll receive weekly lesson plans and material lists that promote a hands-on approach to learning and preparing for kindergarten. I am also excited for this program because I will be able to use it for both of my children (my sweet 2 year old wants to “go to school,” too)!
I picked up a few workbooks to supplement this study, and I have listed a few of them below!
These are reusable, dry-erase books, and I am ALL about that, but I have learned the hard way that dry erase markers aren’t necessarily washable. With this in mind, I have purchased these washable dry-erase markers to combat that problem!
We can’t keep our babies small forever, but we can help them along as they grow, and we can learn from our mistakes and teach them that it’s okay to learn from theirs, too! Be encouraged! None of us is perfect, but the more we learn, the more we grow into the people we are meant to be!
Do you have a similar tale of a learning experience you didn’t expect? I would love to hear about it; please share your story in the comments below!
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