Monday, June 01, 2009

Enjoy The Ride

Everyone has sleepless nights. Everyone endures tantrums. Everyone has moments when they need the mute button on their kids. Everyone wonders if they are doing the right thing. Everyone has days when they are at the end of their rope.

But I always tell myself to remember -- he's just a little boy with a whirling twirling mind and a body bursting with energy and he's still learning this whole "how to be a person" routine.

My job is not to order or ask or expect or demand or direct. My job is to teach and guide and explain, and explain again, and then to do some more explaining and forgive and forget and hug and humor and hand hold. And most of all to listen and learn. That's right, we the parents need to listen and learn. I try to remember that it's my job to learn how to communicate with him, not his job to take orders from me.

It differs from kid to kid, mama to mama. It's just takes some patience to find your path.

Through the ups and downs, I try to remember to hold on, and enjoy the ride.

8 comments:

Erin, Ashar and Dorian said...

Lovely post. It is all so true. Enjoy the ride.

Erin J said...

I enjoy your metaphorical posts with beautiful photography. Nicely done.

Cam@Journey Wildly said...

Now THAT looks like some fun!!

And, your words ring so true. If all mothers knew this, our world would be one generation from peace.

Much love!

Cast of Characters said...

Thank you for the invite to drop you a line if, no, WHEN...we sail south. I've been following your blog for about a month now and am mesmerized by your photos of Zack and your story. We are someday hoping to follow in your footsteps (little one on board, homeschool, etc.) So glad to have found your blog.

boatbaby said...

Thank you Erin and Erin for your kind words!

Cam, that's such a beautiful thought. Thank you for sharing.

Cast of C - can't wait to see you "out there" someday. May we share a perfect anchorage and swap sea tales one day.

waldorfmama said...

beautiful words and sentiment. thanks for sharing your thoughts so eloquently. and i *love* that hammock swing!

Sam said...

Thank you what a great reminder.

Christine said...

Love this!! With a new baby in our house, it seems like everything has changed. I can be so focused on getting to the next task that I sometimes forget to just enjoy the ride. Thanks again!

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