I always thought that one of my primary roles as a parent would be to teach my children. And it is. But over the past year, I've realized that I do way more learning than teaching. Simply observing Staley as she goes through her day has taught me some valuable life lessons.
1. Get excited about the simple things in life. Joy can be found in almost anything. (Like socks, for example.)
2. Wake up happy. It starts the day off right.
3. If it doesn't taste good, don't eat it.
4. A round belly and pinchable cheeks are cute.
5. Clap for yourself. It's healthy to be proud of your accomplishments.
6. Feel free to show excitement about seeing someone you love. It will make them feel good.
7. Take off your shoes and socks. Being barefoot feels better.
8. Talk about what you love. Excitement is contagious.
9. Expensive toys aren't necessary. There is more fun to be found in an empty box and some tissue paper.
10. If you are not happy about something, let people know.
11. A hug and a smile can turn someone's day around.
12. It's fun to make a mess.
13. You never know unless you try. How else will you learn that putting your face in the water lets you drink and bathe at the same time?
14. If you want to break the rules, just do it with a cute smile. Maybe you'll get away with it.
15. You don't need to use a lot of words to get your point across.
16. When things aren't going your way, it's okay to cry.
17. Take time to smell the roses...and pet the cat and touch the balloons and empty the drawers and...
18. Nothing feels quite as good as cuddling on the couch with someone and reading a book.
19. Sometimes it's about the journey, not the destination. If you just fold the clothes, you'll miss out on the joy of playing with them first.
20. People will love you for just being you!