The Little Things in Life

Welcome to the January Carnival of Natural Parenting: Learning from children

This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Hobo Mama and Code Name: Mama. This month our participants have shared the many lessons their children have taught them. Please read to the end to find a list of links to the other carnival participants.

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Photo by Mads Boedker

Somehow, in our infinite adult wisdom, we tend to forget about the little things. We worry about what we’ll be doing next week, next month, next year, next decade. Did we leave the iron on? We use our cell phones to connect to the internet when away from home and our computers. Did we forget any details in planning the perfect holiday get together? Time flies and we wonder where it went.

 
Children remind us to take a step back and enjoy life. With them, we can find ourselves watching a ladybug for an hour, or holding our heads in the breeze as it brings the scent of spring. We remember to enjoy the feel of the soft yarn and the way dry leaves crackle when we jump on them. We can sit back and enjoy the single moment, for really, that may be all we have and it would be a pity to waste time worrying about stains on clothing when we could be having the fun that made them.
 

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Please take time to read the submissions by the other carnival participants:

(This list will be live and updated by afternoon January 11 with all the carnival links.)

21 thoughts on “The Little Things in Life

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  3. “We can sit back and enjoy the single moment, for really, that may be all we have and it would be a pity to waste time worrying about stains on clothing when we could be having the fun that made them.”

    Yes, you summed it up very well! Heartwarming. 🙂 Children are lovely reminders. I am so thankful to be a mother.

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  6. Yes, wonderful post. I have a hard time slowing down sometimes, or focusing in on the present, and there is just so much joy in it, if I do. My girls are so good at it!

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  8. I couldn’t agree more. My son has taught me to appreciate the little things and really live in the moment. In that way I actually think he’s taught me to calm down and not stress out. (In many other ways he’s taught me to stress out even more, but that’s another story…)

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