Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Musings on Parenting

Something happens when the cooler breezes of fall begin to whistle through my hair; when the falling leaves stir across the pavement and the greenery takes on hues of gold, red and orange.  I find myself reflecting more and feeling a bit nostalgic at times.  Perhaps  this is because the year's end is so steadily approaching now.  Perhaps it is because my little girl was a baby during the holidays last year and now she is so active and independent in so many ways.  I cannot be certain what triggers this season of reflection but, I truly do enjoy it. 

We had a lovely park play date this morning with some friends and Daisy had such a good time climbing, exploring and at one point falling down a huge tube slide head first which sent the "act without thinking" mom in me into full gear and I dove in after her rolling the whole way and getting quite a soaking because it was early in the morning and the dew had not dried out of the slide yet.  It was amusing to say the least.  I love watching the way my little girl takes in her surroundings and the other kids around her.  I love when she tries to engage other children by bending down and looking them in the eye and babbling some sort of baby talk and making gestures with her hands to tell her story.  I love that she tries to hold other kid's hands and give them hugs.  She really has such a sweet spirit about her (not always for the record but, a lot of the time!).  
 At one point Daisy was in a little closed off wooden fort like thing at the park and I was observing as another little girl who was about 3 came in and tried to push Daisy into the wall of the fort, cornered her and at one point tried to smash her hand into a small hole.  Daisy was so happy to have someone showing interest in her that she didn't seem to mind the rather older girl roughing her up a bit.  I felt it though...the twinges of wanting to protect my daughter and never wanting to see her get bullied or left out.  So I reflected on that.  Who I am now with a one and half year old is not who I was with a newborn, nor is it who I will be with an 18 year old etc.  Over the past 18 months I have become stronger, less sensitive, less protective in some ways and more in others and more willing to let my little girl learn without as much interference.  
(This is my friend Elissa with 2 of her 3 boys.  She is an awesome momma and I am always gleaning from her parenting experience. Visit her sweet blog here)
 As mother's we are constantly growing and learning and I recognize that a mom with 3 grown children is going to have a much different perspective on motherhood than I might with one small child.  Extending grace to one another is so important.  We all raise our children differently and that is okay.  Our kids learn things at different paces and that is okay.  We discipline differently and that is okay.  We have different fears as parents and that is okay. There really are SO many right ways to do the whole parenting thing.  My way is no more right than anyone else but, I think we can all agree that the most important ingredient in parenting is love.   
My little girl is changing and growing older with each passing second!  The world can be a tough place for our little ones at times and there is no medicine quite like a mother's love to encourage, nurture and guide them.  Our children area a priceless gift and we never know how long our time with them may be.  We may be given 70 years or 7 minutes more.  Cherish them.  Protect them.  Encourage them. And love them like crazy!



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13 comments:

  1. Beautiful post! I feel the same way every year around this time.

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  2. I loved this so much Casey. Love is the most important. What sweet photos.

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  3. Awww what a sweet post - you know I can't wait to join you. :)

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  4. I resonante with so much that you say...about that Fall nostalgia and wanting to protect your little one. We all have a little mama bear in us.

    Lovely post.

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  5. This is such a sweet post! I often find myself conflicted between wanting to let my little guy spread his wings a bit and wanting to protect him at all costs--seems as though you've found the perfect balance!

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  6. I love that you dove down the slide too! I can relate. You are such a great, beautiful mother!

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  7. Oh, and where did you get that cute red chair? Those pictures are adorable.

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  8. Isn't it amazing how we will dive off of a freakin bridge into a sea of sharks, fire, and spikes to save our kids from hurting themselves and all the while, they will be standing on the bridge saying, "That crazy you-know-what!" Haha!! You are a wonderful mom and I love that you embrace our unique ways of parenting! I know my blog post this week will not win brownie points with some moms but...that is how I role as a mom!! Love to you and your beautiful family!!

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  9. such great pictures!! can already tell daisy will be a great mom one day! she is too cute!! so fun to see children be so loving!!

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  10. Love this, Casey! So true that we all parent differently, we all have different challenges, and fears, and short comings...but the most important thing is that we truly love our kids. Well said!

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  11. All so very true. I can't even imagine what it's gonna be like when we get to 18 months.

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  12. Love them like crazy! I'm trying! But struggling with the 14 year old daughter in my life! Tough age!

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  13. This brought tears to me eyes! Daisy is SO blessed to have you as a momma!

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