5 Short Parenting Stories
1. GAIN PERSPECTIVE
Every afternoon I read out loud to Samson, while his two younger sisters are napping. Normally Samson is bouncing off the walls with energy. But when I read, he is still as a stone.
Right now we are devouring C.S. Lewis’ classic book The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe. I try my southern best to mimic a British accent during the dialog to add excitement. I closely watch my five-year-old son’s blue eyes through my peripheral vision to see if he’s understanding. And I stop often to ask questions to regroup, “Honey, do you understand what’s happening?” I love love love when he gets caught up in the plot, and if I take a sip of water, he impatiently yells, “PWEASE READ, MOM! REEEEEEAD!!!”
My mom read one chapter out-loud from a book to her five children each day after our chores were finished. And if we finished fast, she sometimes even read us TWO chapters. We’d all pile around her maroon easy chair and listen. And I turned into a bookworm on my own. Now it is a delight to see Samson love reading, too.
I wish someone would have shown me this picture when I was an overwhelmed new mom. “Look what’s coming!” Or when I was crying from the stress of two children, age-two-and-under. It was a short season of hard work, for years of parenthood delight.
If you are an overwhelmed mama of littles, try to pull your head out of the diaper blizzard and remind yourself of what’s coming. It is delicious. Samson is my little friend each day. We play chess, we make inside jokes about how cute the baby is, and he makes mundane errands fun. You won’t always carry a diaper bag, mama. Your baby will someday be your buddy. Xo
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