Has a toddler ever shown you something that you would never had noticed by yourself?
Happy Tuesday everyone! Today, is the second Tuesday of the month, which means it’s time for our series called Life Lessons From Toddlerhood. Today, though, will be our last life lesson from toddlerhood.
As I looked forward at my goals that I want to accomplish for this coming year, this particular series didn’t seem to fit.
Don’t get me wrong. I have LOVED writing this series. It combines two favorite parts of my life, writing and my sweet little lady. I have also really enjoyed sharing this journey with you.
This series was meant to inspire the writer in you and the writer in me. Sometimes blogging can feel tedious, and if you’re not a writer by trade, blogging can feel like an overwhelming task. I am thankful of any moments of inspiration this series has created.
While I am sad to say goodbye, I’m looking forward to sharing new adventures with you.
If you asked me what my little lady is teaching me right now, the answer has nothing to do with blogging, yet it has everything to do with life and life is a part of blogging, isn’t it?
January’s Life Lesson From Toddlerhood
This past Christmas our little lady spent a lot of time surrounded by 6 other cousins all around her age. Two of her cousins are younger, another one is only 9 months older. She followed her cousins around the whole time they were here.
It wasn’t until everyone had gone home until we noticed how drastically being around her cousins impacted her. She started talking and not just typical talk that she had already been doing. Her speech exploded. Many of you seasoned mothers and fathers are smiling because you’ve experienced this as well.
Her ability to communicate isn’t the life lesson, but rather what happened when she started speaking more.
Phrases that I didn’t expect or teach started escaping her lips. Phrases like,
- Bless you (after a sneeze)
- I miss you
- I love you
- OK? (asking if I’m okay after I stub my toe)
- Kiss It, All Better
I guess what stuns me so much is that toddlers are known for, well, being self-serving. Developmentally, they are often unable to think past themselves. It’s not that they are selfish, but it might remind moms and dads of their kids’ teenage years.
So, when the little lady said, “bless you” after I sneezed or asked me if was OK after I stubbed my toe, it really took me by surprise.
Here’s The Lesson
It’s the lesson of being kind. She may have no ability to understand that she is being kind or how much her bless you’s mean to me, but that’s OK. Her sweetness shining through all those other wonderful toddler moments made me wonder, “how often do we make kindness a priority in our lives?”
Choosing to be kind seems really simple, yet it can be really difficult. Smiling at a stranger while you walk past them. Taking the time to ask the cashier how their day is going and then to actually listen. It’s the little things, the bless yous.
I can’t help but wonder if a toddler can pick it up from hanging out with her cousins, why can’t I?
Our challenge from this life lesson is just to simply say bless you after someone sneezes, to ask someone if they are OK or let the other car take the closer parking space. A little kindness can go a really long way. The best part is that is doesn’t cost anything and you can make someone’s day.
This Thursday, I will be publishing an extra article. The article will highlight some really great video blogging tips and tricks that you won’t want to miss.
Have a wonderful day everyone and be kind!