Just living is not enough . . . one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.
~~ Hans Christian Anderson ~~
This holiday season, remember the things that matter most. Here are 20 things to inspire gratitude.
I'm thankful for...
- Sticky kisses.
- Our nation of abundance.
- Reruns of my favorite shows.
- Your child's many talents.
- The babysitter who is willing to come over a second time.
- The prepared food counter at the supermarket.
- Baby wipes. What would we do without them?
- The Internet. When it's 3 AM and the baby is coughing, you can quietly look up croup, and have a chat with another mom who's hovering over a sick baby.
- Videotapes or DVDs. Sometimes that 30 minutes of respite is all that stands between you and total insanity.
- Photo albums.
- Antibiotics. Imagine having to worry that every disease might turn into something life-threatening.
- Vacuum cleaners. It's nice to know you can clean the cookie crumbs and pet hair if you really wanted to.
- A king-size bed and snuggling.
- Smile, especially when your child knows he did something wrong.
- Friends who understand everything without a single word said.
- The sublime disorder of a home full of children and laughter and love.
Remember to count your blessing and be thankful for what you do have.
The Parents Affirmation of Imperfection
It is perfectly okay for me to be imperfect. This means that it's okay that I have already made a lot of mistakes as a parent and that it's okay that I will make other mistakes in the future. What's not okay is for me to pretend that I am perfect and to thereby hide my mistakes from myself. Instead, I will catch my mistakes with a smile rather than a kick and learn what they have to teach me. That way, I won't make the mistakes too often, and I'll become a better parent. But, I'll never be a perfect parent and that's okay, because my goal is excellence, not perfection.