Like any SAHM, I watch my children each day. Lately, though, I have tried to take a step back and really observe; taking note of the things that render both Giancarlo and Lucia utterly happy, sometimes sad, and completely in awe.
After weeks of almost scientific-like observations, this is what I have learned:
There is nothing better than being naked.
Each night, before and after their bath, my children are in complete bliss. They are perfectly content to run freely around our house in the buff. This is especially true for Lucia. As soon as the last stitch of clothing comes off of her little body, she is gone, running, laughing, and trying to hide. Granted, she always chooses our bedroom closet as her hiding spot, but “finding” her there never ceases to make us both laugh.
If you don’t like what you are eating, simply take it out of your mouth.
Do this without delay. If the particular healthy vegetable or snack does not agree with your palate, simply open your mouth and let it drop out. Another option would be to stick your hand in your mouth and scrape the contents off of your tongue. Both methods work equally as well and provide a rapid solution to the problem.
If you don’t like what your parents are trying to make you do, simply go boneless.
This is a new tactic for both my children. I am not sure who came up with this brilliant idea first, but in our household, once one child stumbles upon a successful technique, the other is sure to follow. The three of us have learned that this works particularly well in public places. Two boneless children are incredibly difficult to manage in a place like the grocery store.
The nightly bath time and bedtime ritual is bliss.
There is nothing better than being pampered, right? While I am lucky if I am able to remember to brush my teeth most days, my kids are bathed, in clean pajamas, have full tummies, and a bedtime story all before bed. It really is a wonderful way to go to sleep.
Other than to share this knowledge with the blogosphere, I am not quite sure what to do with the wisdom I have acquired. Perhaps it is enough to simply be reminded of the importance of keeping things simple and finding joy in life’s little pleasures...