One of my daily struggles, as I have mentioned before, is to have more patience with the girls. I know I sometimes expect too much of them, especially Ella, and I try and see things from their point of view (usually after the fact) to help me be more patient the next time a similar situation may arise. This afternoon I came across a little article, "Memo to Mommy" in my Parents magazine and I LOVED it! I really need a little reminder like this sometimes!
Memo to Mommy
by Mary Mohler
You have lots of lessons to teach your little one, but he has a few words of wisdom for you too.
Stop freaking out about the mess! There's always time to clean - but how often do we get to make mud pies?
Love me, even when I'm naughty. I'll only be this age once.
Be patient. I do everything for a reason, but I don't know enough words yet to give you an explanation.
Don't expect too much of me. I want to do what you ask and make you happy, but I'm still little.
Don't try to reason with me when I'm having a tantrum. Trust me - I can't hear you over my own screaming.
Keep your promises. It's all about trust. When I'm a teenager, you'll understand why it's so important.
Don't keep asking me if I've been good. I'm not even sure what that means, but if I was bad I'd never admit it!
Set limits. I can't actually eat a whole box of cookies - I just want to see if I'd get away with it.
Don't let me think that you're perfect. I feel a lot better knowing I'm not the only one who makes mistakes sometimes.
Let me do it. I know you can do it faster and better, but sometimes experience is the best teacher.