Times I Am Thankful for My Toddler

In this season, we are reminded to think of all the things we are thankful for. Even though parenting can be a tough job, I know there are so many reasons to be thankful each and every day. Today, I am going to share with you the times when I am thankful for my toddlers… believe it or not, there are times! Here goes! I am thankful for my toddler when: We are literally walking out of the house and he reminds me he doesn’t have shoes on. Yes, this has happened… more than once. When I’ve had a day when I’ve lost it yet again and she says, “Mommy I know you’re frustrated. I know you’re sad. I will be good for the rest of my life for you.” Clearly, this is not a true statement, but I’ll take the sweetness all day. When I can’t find my phone and he reminds me it’s on my ear. When she reminds me to brush my teeth [let’s be honest with three kids to care for, I forget a lot]… by telling me my breath stinks. When I just get comfy on the couch—maybe even have the baby asleep on my chest—and I realize I forgot to grab my phone or the remote. When I can’t find something. Their sharp eyes—they can find anything. For the purposes of this article, we will forget the fact that they were probably the one who lost the item… or hid it… in the first place. When I am pretending to “eat my son up” and he reminds me, “I’m not your breakfast!” Then, I realize, Ohh, I truly haven’t eaten yet today! Okay, there are some sweet things I’m thankful for too: The look of wonder on a toddler’s face when they see something they love—even as simple as a paper airplane. It makes my heart smile. When they say something which both surprises you and makes you laugh. Like my daughter, when she said, “Mommy, can we go to the water exhibit?” She was referring to the water park at the local theme park. Where did you learn that word? When they snuggle you tight even though they aren’t a baby anymore. The way they see magic—even in the simple things, like a tent made of blankets. When they say “I love you Mommy,” and it happens to be the time you really need it. I swear, there is nothing better than hearing these words come out of nowhere. My toddlers surprise me every day. I’m surprised just how far they can push me—straight to my wit’s end—but I am also so surprised by how strongly they can love and how much love they can give. In the end, “thankful” doesn’t even begin to describe how lucky I am to have them.   You may also enjoy: You Know You’re the Parent of a Toddler When… or Top 10 Products for Toddlers on the Go To learn more about me and my blog check out: About Lauren

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