Life lesson I’ve learned from my toddler

Almost 3 years ago, I gave birth to my second child. Before she arrived, I already had the feeling she was going to be “something else”. Our oldest daughter was (and still is) quite the little lady. In my mind, I was prepared. When she turned two, I could fully confirm…I was not. Why would I say that? Z is like a tornado that happens after the hurricane that came after the tsunami that resulted from the earthquake. I have found her four shelves up the pantry trying to get “marshmeddows”, washing her cozy coupe in the kitchen (with a play mop, and real water), cleaning a toilet, and unlocking the deadbolt to let herself out of the front door and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. We have to keep an eye on that kid. I love her spunky, and hilarious ways. Just like her big sister she is beautifully unique.  Z has taught me so much, I learned a lot from my first child as well. After all A was my first bundle of sweetness, but Z is another ball game all together. So here’s the list.

Be tenacious- She is relentless; she never gives up. If she can’t climb it/reach she finds something, anything to help her.  If she can’t get over it, she will get around it or go through it. You are under four feet tall, but want the lollipops in the cabinet on the second shelf from the top? Push a stool, climb the counter and get climbing! Her pediatrician described her as “very resourceful”. I think that might be the nice way of say pint sized criminal, but regardless, I am applying this to my life. Just because you or someone else thinks that you can’t doesn’t mean you can’t. Get out of your own way! Get moving and make things happen!

Be patient- I guess this one kind of speaks to the obvious. A strong willed child requires a lot of time, a lot of explaining and a lot of thinking. She is a master of evasive maneuvers and taking advantage of any situation. I’m a work in progress but I totally understand how hard it can be to maintain being patient, but it goes such a long way! It feels so much better than rushing or letting your frustrations get the best of you. I’m applying this to building my business/my brand. Good things take time, growth requires patience.

Be Confident - There is nothing wrong with telling yourself you are doing a good job. Z was determined to jump from the ottoman to the sofa, which were further apart than usual (I had just finished about 3 hours of doing A’s mini twists in her hair) She’s telling herself “I will do this! I can do this jump!” When she gets upset from us telling her she can’t do something she on occasion creates a song about it… -_-. That’s another story. The point is, sometimes you have to be your own cheerleader and greet the day with confidence. “Today I will… Today I can…”

Be yourself- Z is unapologetically herself. She is never afraid to tell you want she likes and how she likes it, and what she doesn’t like. She’s worn snow boots in the summer, they matched he outfit and she wanted to, a tutu for 3 days straight. It wasn’t going to hurt her or anyone else so I said why not?! Be yourself!

You can learn a lot from your little ones! Have a magnificent monday!