Enjoying the Moment

This was originally posted by the Marion & Polk Early Learning Hub here.

If you’re a caregiver to a young child I’m sure you’ve heard this many, many times already: “Oh, I wish my kids were still little…make sure to cherish every moment!” It’s very well-intentioned and the implication is that children grow up before you know it, but sometimes it is really hard to enjoy certain moments.  Picking up poop off the floor, stepping on toys strewn about everywhere, or dealing with a major meltdown about a $1 toy that just broke are not moments that many of us would like to cherish. So can I offer a little twist on this familiar refrain? “Make sure to cherish the beautiful moments that arise out of the chaos.”

It’s impossible to appreciate or even stop and acknowledge every moment and the truth is there are many moments that we would really like to forget.  However, I’ve noticed that some of my absolute favorite moments with my children happen when I’m least expecting it, and when I just allow myself to simply enjoy being present with them.  I have two wonderful recent examples. The first came in the middle of the night…a night where I was in my own head and having trouble sleeping and getting comfortable. My son had just crawled up into our bed as he normally does.  As if he could sense my emotions he put his arm behind my head and cuddled me as if to say “It’s Ok Dad”. This was very special to me, as he usually cuddles with his Mom when he comes to our bed; he just seemed to know that I needed that loving reassurance and extra cuddles that night.  The second moment came as I was putting my daughter to sleep and leaving her room. I had laid her down in her crib and said “I love you”. She looked right back at me and said “I love you too Daddy” in the incredibly sweet and adorable way that only a one and a half year-old can…it was the first time she had said it in a full sentence like that, and it most definitely drew a tear or two from my eyes.

These two moments weren’t big grand gestures or part of any planned experience that we had set up.  They just happened naturally and I was luckily in a space where I was present and able to fully enjoy them.  So I urge you not to spend all your energy trying to enjoy every single moment of life with your children, but rather be ready to fully cherish and remember the instances that arise when you least expect them.

This is fatherhood…


I Got This!

This was originally posted by the Marion & Polk Early Learning Hub here.

Have you looked at your little one in disbelief after they spoke and wondered “Wow! Did you just say that? How are you getting so old?!” Continue reading

Reading With Wigglers

This was originally posted by the Marion & Polk Early Learning Hub here.

How amazing is it when our little toddlers love to read? They grab books and look up at you with those adorable eyes asking you to read to them. It’s hard for your heart not to melt as those precious little ones climb up on your lap and get excited about their favorite book. Continue reading

Funny Sayings

I’ve been collecting a few hilarious quotables from my son and thought I would share a few of them with you today. Our little man is hilarious and his funny sayings keep us laughing and provide much-needed levity during times of stress.

Grammy: “You’ve been so polite today!”

Son: “It helps to hide my rude!” Continue reading

Sleep Struggles

Last year around this time I wrote my first blog about (lack of) sleep. Then a couple months later I wrote about the importance of sleep and offered some tips on how my wife and I try to help establish a routine that helps our kids get as much sleep as possible.  Last month I wrote again about sleep and trying to avoid the sleepy kid blues. So since apparently I write about sleep all the time now…I thought I would write about some of the funny (and not so funny) things kids do when they’re supposed to be sleeping that can thwart even the best of bedtime routines. Sleep has been at a premium at our house lately so these are still very real and fresh in my brain. Continue reading

One-on-one Time

Recently I received a wonderful reminder of the importance of quality one-on-one time I got with my kids. My daughter and I went on a nice walk the other night that turned into less walking and a lot more playing at the park. This little girl is fearless and absolutely loves playing on the slide. She kept climbing up and sliding down over and over again. Her beautiful smile greeting me over and over again. It was a great way to connect and get to spend some time just with her doing something she loves. Continue reading