As parents, we do everything in our power to make things perfect for our children. We try to live in the best school systems. We try to make sure they are well-rounded and have access to various opportunities. We also go so far as to impede on our personal sanity to provide them with the very best.
But sometimes, there is only so much we can do. Our children will need to learn to fail or make difficult decisions. Sure we can coddle them, but in the end we must remember that what doesn’t kill them makes them stronger.
As my daughter recently learned…..”sometimes, life is not fair.”
…………and that my friends can be a valuable piece of knowledge for her to know as she grows up. As much as we want to fix it, we should be cautious in how we do so.
When I was younger, I spent hours putting together Lego sets. My brother and I created little cities, cars and spent hours engrossed in our play.
Fast forward to present day. “Mommy, please build this for me,” whines my youngest. After the first few sets, I eagerly completed buildings and trucks and super hero lairs. However, I soon lost complete interest – especially when the fragile 59-step ship or village or car fells apart amidst a sea of Lego pieces! But Little Man was persistent and would look at me with sad puppy eyes and explain that he is not yet seven years old – as is indicated on the box – and had not a clue on how to start. So for the past few months, I would try to find the time to work on one of the many Lego boxes Little Man received.
That is until just last week.
In an attempt to catch up for the lost week without power and a husband who was away on a business trip, my time was limited. When my Little Man asked for me to help put together Dino Lego, I called out from the other room to open the box and give it a try.
Close to 20 minutes passed when I realized I was not being beckoned into the other room. My first guess was that Little Man lost interest and found the iPad. But walking in the kitchen, I found him diligently assembling the Dino Plane and on step 24!
“Look at me Mommy. I am a genius. I am not 7 yet, but I can do this!”
So today, while I am melancholy that I am becoming less needed (ironic – I know – since I was just complaining about having to put together the Lego myself), I am thankful that Little Man gained confidence in his ability to try something on his own.
Join me in the Twenty-Two Days of Thanks. Post on your facebook or twitter or blog and in the comment section of this post and the 8 posts to come what you are thankful for. Let’s share our thanks with others and spread joy and laughter this season.