Yesterday she had meet the teacher day and was very clearly feeling overwhelmed. When we got home she told me "I need a timeout in the wall." She walked over, sat facing the wall, and started practicing her "woosahs". I said, "you know what, I do too. Can I join you?" My baby said yes and scooted over to make room. When I sat down she leaned on me and we did some "woosah" breathing together.
A little while later it was nap time. After doing the routine I started to get up but she asked for a snuggle. I laid down next to her and she promptly splayed herself across my chest. It was just the weighted blanket I needed.
Her innocence, intelligence, intuition, and bravery are such an inspiration to me. She has such a big heart and considers just about anyone a friend. My daughter is always a source of gratitude and love. From teaching moments, "Actually Mommy, dat's an excavator" to this new phase of self-awareness and calming techniques, this child never ceases to amaze me.
I'm grateful for this beautiful child. I'm grateful for all she teaches me, every day. I'm grateful for the reminder to just take a time out and breathe. I'm grateful it appears the form of time out we use is not only helpful to her but she recognizes it as a tool, not a punishment. I'm so grateful for this sweet, loving child that will still snuggle me. I'm grateful to oblige. I'm grateful for the comfort it brings me as well.
What lessons have you learned from a child? What lessons did you take from your own childhood? Which ones have you chosen to keep?
May today remind us that innocence is precious. May we remember that just because they are young, they still have plenty to teach. And may we wake today with fresh eyes to embrace our world. Have a beautiful day!