Being a mom has been the best experience of my life. I love being a mom. It’s really hard, and along the way I have learned and changed so much. More than I ever thought I would. Today I wanted to share (a few) things my kids have taught me…
1- Things (materialistic items) do not matter like they used to.
2- Non-attachment (not literally!). Children are the best example of this, and it is something that I admire deeply. When I was in yoga school, we learned a lot about non-attachment. I remember thinking how great that would be, but noting I could never, and hardly even trying. Note: this non-attachment Buddhist practice means to be unattached from things like goals, dreams, desires. To not hold expectations of yourself that typically end up making people unhappy.
3- To live in the present. Nothing has made me more present than my kids. Nothing. In fact, before they were here, Sam and I used to talk about how we hated always living for what was next, and never feeling in the moment. We got engaged, and we lived for the wedding. Then we lived for buying a house. Then we lived for the next house, then for a pregnancy, then for the birth. It felt like a never-ending cycle that we were always hoping to break.
4- To smile and laugh more. Kids are literally ALWAYS smiling! It’s definitely contagious, and I think the more you smile, the happy you are.
5- Quality over quantity. Seriously, kids are hard on everything! After about two weeks of certain brands of comfy pants, Cal will tear a hole through them! I do not recommend the H&M sweat pants for babies. Ugh. Freshly Picked moccasins are SUPER high quality and they last forever. They are so durable, my kids walk in them, wear them outside, and Amelia would wear them to dance even! (Also, they are going to be having a year end sale tomorrow, so get ready! YAY!)
What have your kids taught you? I seriously feel like my kids teach me more about life in a single day than anything else has for all of my (nearly) 25 years. They are so incredible.
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