My son just turned two years old and I have learned a lot!
He has taught me so much about patience, love, and dedication.
When he was born, I didn’t fully understand the amount of work that comes with having a child. The first few months were a blur of sleepless nights and constant feedings, but as time passed, I became more accustomed to the new routine in my life.
I have always thought children were beautiful but it wasn’t until I had my son that I really understood how special they really are. My son is more than my child. He is my lifesaver.
There is so much to be said about the first two years with my son, but I wanted to share the lessons that have been the most impactful for me:
You will never again experience such deep love for another person.
Time flies by faster than you can imagine. Take time to enjoy each day and celebrate the small victories.
Your child’s personality starts to develop early on, so it’s important not to get frustrated with their behavior or personality traits that don’t fit your expectations or what you think they should be at this age. They are being who they are meant to be, and they deserve unconditional love and support no matter what!
It’s okay if you don’t know everything about parenting yet—you’re still learning too! Be patient with yourself as well as your child through this process of discovery. It’s a journey for everyone involved!
Ask for help when you need it! Don’t try to do everything on your own because that’s how burnout happens—and nobody wants that! When we ask others for help or advice, we often find out some valuable information that we may not have considered before asking someone else what they thought about something (especially if they’re parents who can impart relevant wisdom about the parenting journey).
You need to be flexible and willing to change plans at a moment’s notice.
Your kid might have no idea what’s going on around them at first, but they’ll catch on eventually—so don’t worry too much about what they’re thinking or feeling at this point (or ever!). They’ll come up with their own ways of coping with things as they grow older (and they will grow older). It’s all part of the process!
You don’t know what you can do until you try it—and then you’ll be amazed at what your body and mind can accomplish when they’re working together as one unit instead of fighting with each other like they usually do when we’re adults who have forgotten how to play well with others (ourselves included).
Just because someone else did it doesn’t mean it’s right for your family—or even possible for yours at all given your current circumstances! Be bold enough to forge your own path! That’s what makes us human beings unique among all other creatures on this planet.
Never stop learning about yourself and what makes you happy; it will help you in your relationship with your children and with yourself!
Ultimately, I’ve learned that no matter how tired I am after a long day or how challenging the day is, there is nothing else in this world I would rather do than be home spending time with my bold, beautiful, and brilliant son, KJ!