Life with Littles can be exhilarating and exhausting!
Parents need a plan for living successfully with these tiny humans!
Our plan has had three parts:
When Littles Are Loud, Part 1: we bonded over some mom-crazy then I showed you the importance of filling your little love’s “Love Tank” often throughout the day.
When Littles Are Loud, Part 2: we focused on SCHEDULING your Toddler/Preschooler’s Day to help your little THRIVE and to restore some sanity to your family! The recommended activities should even reduce the tugging on your leg by that tiny little sweetheart!
In this final post, Part 3, of When Littles Are Loud, we will face the reality that these small humans are IMITATING US. Yikes! Quick warning, here: It might get just a little uncomfortable as we examine….hmm how shall I say this…. your HEART. In fact, I’m going to tell you that IF you’re a big mess on the inside (which most of us are), there’s very slim possibility that you can hide that fact from your little person for much longer. That toddling little tike is going to turn into a talking two-year-old and, in a blink, your offspring will have become a little kid. There’s something you should know about kids – they can see the real you. Their little eyes peer right through your mask and see your heart.
Hang on, now. Don’t leave the conversation just because it suddenly stopped being a lighthearted chat. Give me a minute of your time, it might not be that bad. You may even be glad you stayed…
So, how many small people live at your house? One? Two and a dog? More? No matter how many littles live at your house, each bundle of joy comes with lots of entertaining moments, tiring moments, proud moments, and totally INSANE moments too…
One thing is for sure: each child changes everything forever!
Not that long ago you were anticipating the arrival of that precious little one. You knew he would come with a fair share of difficulties but you also knew that becoming a parent was going to be the most awesome experience of your life!
After all, you could already feel your heart expanding – making room for this new mysterious, miraculous creation!
He arrives and your heart feels like it could burst with love for this precious, helpless human.
Oh the many faces of the moments that follow as you get to know this little guy. Sweet bliss!
Reality check!! – He’s adorable but YOU are EXHAUSTED.
Now, the lovely wedding day is a faint memory
and it has given way to…. uhhh…
the crazed fear and dismay of parenting a two-year-old!
Have you ever wondered why God designed these little ones to grow up under a parent’s care? I mean, they could have been born full-grown and independent. Or they could’ve hatched from an egg and never met their mom. But that’s not how God designed this mini-human to grow. No, quite the opposite.
He made this precious bundle totally dependent on US, the parents. Seriously? I mean, we adults are all kind of a mess in the selfishness department! Why would God do this?!
I don’t know about you, but I have yet to meet someone who is really prepared for parenthood. You know why that is?
We aren’t ready for parenthood because we can’t even begin to comprehend the concept of loving that deeply, that selflessly, that sacrificially until we hold that priceless treasure in our arms.
We stare at that little face, experience those tiny little fingers wrap around our finger and we know, this is it. This is no dress rehearsal; it’s the real deal. This little one will be shaped by who I choose to be. And this little one deserves so much more than what I am capable of being on my own.