A Top 10 List: Things I Have Learned From My Children
*This piece was originally written for another site. However, despite my savvy, wit, charm and wicked-awesome… they chose a different path. Had they checked with Google, they might have seen my shizzle-esque SEO skillz… Who knows why a social media “push” would turn away a force such as myself? I have my theories, but in an effort to not burn bridges, I hold my tongue on theory and name and instead publish the post here… and keep my traffic here. It is HERE I can keep you safe, warm, glittery and caffeinated. In an “online” sort-of way…
I have learned so many valuable things from my children.
It would be impossible to share all of the things I have learned in my motherhood journey, so I will limit myself.
Besides, I went to the BlogHer Conference in Chicago this year, and at one of the SEO sessions I heard top ten lists are HOT. Therefore, in an effort to stay on the cutting edge… my Top Tizzle-ten. Oh, and this is not in any importance of order. I am not planner-y like that…
- Stop and smell the dandelions. And blow on them. Then stop and look at the shape of bark. Then follow the ant and see if your spit will fall on it’s back. Slow down and observe. Oh the wonder we discover when we take the time to just look… and also spit on the backs of unassuming bugs.
- It is not the end of the world if we are late to the doctor/tumbling class/school (see #1). Yes, it is important to teach responsibility and the value of being on time. BUT, it really isn’t the end of the world (see #1).
- Matching shoes are not a necessity. Really. For an adult, it is more important, but for the 10 and under set… it can be a good day if we get out of the house with one left-foot and one right-footed shoe.
- Laugh. A lot. And Easily.
- Accessorize. A little color or a little sparkle can perk up the darkest day, for oneself and even others (particularly one’s little princesses). I add sparkle daily. Also, when you eat lunch with your daughter’s 1st grade class, you will get LOTS of compliments. Beggars can’t be choosers, people. Beggars can’t be choosers…
- Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches CAN be eaten everyday. No one will get scurvy. I speak from experience.
- Play the music loud and dance… in the living room, in the kitchen, on the front porch…
- Silence is not golden. It is the sound of danger and probably the sound of marker and paint (or worse!) being applied to select pieces of furniture or carpet or bodies during naptime.
- The Tooth Fairy is a flake.
- The best behavior modification method… *drumroll*… TIME. Time spent snuggling, time spent listening, time spent playing WITH our kids is the best way to help change… not only the child, but the parent.
Ummmm… I just made a Jenny on the Spot Fan Page on Facebook. Madonna prolly has a bunch of fans make fan pages, but I make my own. Don’t judge me. Or do. That’s cool. This is just how it goes in the life of a sad little woman… desperate for love… attention… affirmation… attention… a fan base… And hungry for international fame. Renown. A walk on the red carpet. I don’t think paparazzi are bad, I think they’re cute. *places crown on head, dances in front of mirror*
I’m not kidding.
Any advice on Facebook Fan Pages as opposed to using the Networked Blogs app? I don’t like how Networked Blogs posts to my wall with feeds AND notes. I like how a fan page will let conversations happen… But I know I can turn off the feed altogether on NB, but, but, but??? Any social media genius reading this? Mentor me, mentor me…
And when it all boils down… I just want to be in your head… spraying glitter and whatnot.
This sleep deprivation is gonna land me in an institution someday. I just know it.
Keep up on the ridiculous, the insightful, the always digressive…
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