When I was a mommy of little ones , I loved it. I also had expectations of what they should do and how I wanted their lives to turn out.
I’m sure I disappointed them at times, but hey, what child comes with an instruction manuel? My kids ran through the house. They screamed, yelled, giggled and cried. They were kids, right?
Now having my kids grown and many grandkids are here, I sit back and notice the expectations of what is required today. I don’t know about you, but my kids didn’t sit still for but a few moments at a time.
Today, if a child can’t sit still, some are rushed to doctors and placed on medication . I admit I was glad for those quiet times, but when sickness came to visit , I would have given my right arm to have the running around and noise again .
No matter what Era we raise our kids in, kids need to be kids. They are meant to put things in their mouth. They will have short attention spans. They will get dirty. They should ask the 20 questions , how else will their little brains learn?
They will try your patience , they will love you unconditional . They will pickup the naughty words quick. They will run, laugh, giggle, play and cry.
I guess what I am saying is, don’t scream and punish for them not being little adults . Don’t choose one child over the other. It doesn’t work, I know from personal experience . Let them be who they are. Let them grow at their own rate. Don’t have above the top expectations . They are a gift from God, and whether you think so right now or not, they will grow up and move out, and you will have a permanent silence.