As parents there is just something about a child’s smile that can completely melt our hearts. From the first glimpse of a smile as an infant to the full blown smile of a kid who just scored a goal or received an A+ on a test, those smiles are priceless.
Some of us are in those “in between” years, where we feel like there are more tears than smiles and more yelling than laughing. Where our kids may have mastered the basic functions of being independent but are still struggling with emotions and grasping the mechanisms of life.
What we have to keep in mind is that it’s just a phase, it’s just a season. And although I have no problem typing those words I may hurt the next person that hands me that same piece of advice, but it’s true.
I have called my mom out of desperation more times in the past few months than I can recall and she always says the same thing, “it’s just a phase” or “three is such a tough age.” While those things are true and it does shed SOME light on my weary nerves (not a lot of light because I have two-year old twins), it’s not always the quick and easy solution we are looking for.
Maybe you aren’t suffering the woes of a threenager but an actual teenager or just another phase of parenting that is kicking your butt, the one thing I can say is to be on the lookout for those smiles.
How to Catch a Smile Among Tears
- After dealing with bad behavior from your child, move on. Don’t hold on to that anger, frustration, etc. Children move on quickly and if you are still wallowing in your own frustration you might miss something great, you might miss a real smile full of happiness and joy.
- Find a way to laugh with your kids everyday, no matter what is going on or how crazy life is.
- Encourage activities that your children love whether it’s sliding down a slide at the park, water bins, or getting messy with paint. Encouraging those activities will surely bring smiles to their faces and yours.
- Give yourself the “me time” you deserve, so that you can give your kids all you’ve got! It’s important to recharge those batteries and rest your soul!
A child’s smile, after all isn’t that what this whole parenting gig is about. I know that for me personally, seeing a true and genuine smile on one of my girls’ faces can make the world melt away. And for that I am truly grateful.
As we head into Mother’s Day weekend, try to forget your to-do lists and just enjoy your children’s smiles. Create moments of laughter for your family and soak up their happiness and joy. Let those smiles melt your heart and rejuvenate your soul, you deserve it mama. Happy Mother’s Day!
How do you plan to enjoy your Mother’s Day weekend?