Wednesday, July 11, 2012

It's All Big Stuff

“Listen earnestly to anything your children want to tell you, no matter what. If you don’t listen eagerly to the little stuff when they are little, they won’t tell you the big stuff when they are big, because to them it has always been big stuff.” - Catherine M. Wallace

This quote meant so many things to me as a mother of young children.

To children, all the “little stuff” is always big stuff. Having to wait for your favorite blanket to go through the wash is genuinely heartbreaking. Turning on the light all by yourself is something to be celebrated.

As the mother, sometimes the little daily trials seem huge to me. After a sleepless night, the fact that your baby filled her diaper while you’re in the middle of eating breakfast is enough to make you want to cry.

At the same time, sometimes the little things are big triumphs. Like everyone getting dressed and ready for the day before noon. Or actually getting to shower every day.

This is my format for talking about the big stuff and the little stuff that make up my days as a stay-at-home mom and our life as a family. Because it’s all big stuff.

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