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The other night my family and I were hanging out after dinner. Doug and my daughter, Leanne, were snuggled up on the couch. I wasn’t really paying attention until I heard Doug ask, “Leanne, what do you want to be when you grow up?”
She paused for a second, and then replied, “I want to be me!”
I immediately stopped what I was doing. Time stood still for a second. Me….I want to be ME. That answer kept repeating over and over in my head. I want to be me when I grow up…who ever thinks to say that? Is that even an option to choose from?
I’m still in awe of hearing those words, and am reMinDed of all the things we can learn from children. They are so innocent, full of energy and confidence. Isn’t that the way we all want to live? And why can’t we? Why can’t you just want to be YOU?
It is easy to always want what we don’t have. The cars, the body, the money, the career, the perfect family…we constantly pick and choose areas in people’s life that we ‘want to be when we grow up’. The reality is, the people you want to be like, also want more in life. It is a vicious cycle and impossible to keep up.
Why do we do this to ourselves? It is so exhausting! We get so foCuSed on wanting to be someone else that we forget to APPRECIATE what has already be given to us. Be happy being YOU. YOU have something that no one else does. Don’t be so quick to wish it away. Enjoy it!
Four years ago when my son was a baby, I started a TrAdItIoN that families around the world have been doing for ages. December 6th is the celebration of St. Nicholas Day. St. Nicholas was known for his GeNeRoSiTy to those in need and his love for children.
In many European countries, on December 5th, the eve of St. Nicholas Day children leave their ShOeS outside of the bedroom doors and wait for St. Nicholas to leave them a surprise. I have my children do the same thing with their favorite shoes and I love to see their excitement when they wake up in the morning to find that St. Nicholas has visited our home. I feel this is a great way to “KiCk OfF” the holiday season and teach my children about a Saint who was so giving to little ones like themselves. You can read more about St. Nicholas at www.stnicholascenter.org.
What family traditions do YoU do to start the holiday season? We LoVe to hear from our readers so please share your stories!
This advice is something I utilize numerous times a day. When my kiddo doesn’t want to take a nap I ask, “Do you want me to read some books before your nap oR do you want to go to bed without reading a book?” She always picks the books and without her realizing it, her reSisTanCe to nap is derailed.
Life is so much eAsieR with this method and I can’t imagine parenting without it. Hope it can make your life a little easier too!