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Inspired by Jen and her supersisters over at PBS:

25 Things I Know Now As a Parent

1. That I really don’t know much.
2. But actually, if I listen to my heart, I can always find the way.
3. That waking up a 4:30 am to catch a morning flight to the meeting so I can stay at home for the swim meet is always worth it.
4. That every thing changes and nothing stays the same and the harder we hold on, the faster it slips away.
5. Breakfast for dinner is always acceptable.
6. Kindness is learned just like language–by imitating your parents.
7. Laser tag is actually a fun thing to do on a rainy winter night.
8. Physical affection is like water–kids can die without it. Unlike water there is always an infinite amount flowing as long as we pay attention.
9. Board games are a great invention.
10. Making an itunes playlist of favorite songs and saying “we need to work until the music is done” is a great way to make chores fun.
11 Especially if the chores are the kind you can do while dancing.
12 When doing chores, it is really critical to make space for dancing.
13 Fear is kind of like a fog that dissipates as soon as you acknowledge it and give it its due.
14 Italian ice is generally not an acceptable dinner but sometimes when it is too hot, its ok to say “just this once”.
15 Noone is ever too old to be read out loud to.
16. Chores are great for self esteem.
17. Creating a regular practice of being quiet for a time is helpful for everyone in the family.
18. There are days, weekends and even whole weeks at a time when chores need to go out the window.
19. Bubbles are fabulous to store in the car and pull out when you are stuck in crazy bumper to bumper traffic.
20. Sometimes, your role is to be the center of your kids universe. Sometimes it is to be the captain of a team of other people who will show them the way.
21. There is something magical about trading cards. Especially hockey cards.
22. Sleep is really important. It can change everything.
23. No one knows my kid the way I do. Noone who knows how to respond like I do. But still, its useful sometimes to see him through the lens of the other people who love him.
24. It is really important to model trying new things and being ridiculously unpracticed at them.
25. Teaching my son to to learn from his failures is more important than teaching him to succeed.

Play along with Jen by making your own list on your blog or facebook and link to it in the comments in Jen’s post over at PBS!

5 Responses to “25 Things I Know Now”

  1. Annemarie Says:

    love it. number 10 is so true

  2. Karen Maezen Miller Says:

    I love this. And I would add, it is always OK to say “just this once.”

  3. Christine LaRocque Says:

    My first visit here, and so glad I’ve come by. This list, oh yes, it’s perfect! So much I can relate to, particularly the part about sleep. For me it always changes everything and is often the cause of all the good and all the bad in our house.

  4. Christybelle Says:

    Nice, Meg. I think I’ll work on my own list.

  5. Aleksandra Says:

    beautiful blog. thank you. Italian ice = perfect dinner