Tuesday, May 19, 2015

It's The Little Things (Tuesday Talk #20)


Our kids are always teaching us life lessons, aren't they?


It's the Little Things: Life Lessons Learned from My Kids - www.sweetlittleonesblog.com @sweetlittle1s
They teach me as much as I teach them!


When we were getting ready for dinner this weekend, I had J help me clean and prepare the lettuce and cucumbers for our salad.  She was spinning the salad, putting the diced cucumbers in a container, and just all around helping me.

When we were done, she hugged me so hard, looked up at me, and said, "Thanks for letting me help with the food, Mommy.  I love making food with you.  I love you!"


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What she said really hit me - hard.

My kids love all the "big" things we do for them, like spending a lot of time preparing crafts and games for them and taking them to the zoo, beach, or splash park.  And there isn't anything wrong with doing these "big" things.

But they also love the "little" things.  They don't care if it's folding the laundry or getting dinner ready (at this age anyway!).   

My kids just want to be with me and feel important. 


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So although I do still have some "bigger" fun things planned for the kids this summer - trips, games, and crafts - , I realize now that they have a lot of fun doing the "little" things too.   

I just need to invite them in.

So this summer, I need to slow down, see that not all fun things are big or planned, and enjoy the precious everyday moments with them too!


It's the Little Things: Life Lessons Learned from My Kids - www.sweetlittleonesblog.com @sweetlittle1s


Sigh, my kids are always teaching me something that seems like it should be common sense.  Being a parent sure teaches a person some humility too.  But I'll take these life lessons any day if it makes me a better mom.

I'm sure you've had this experience too!  So I'd love to know: what are some things your kids have taught you? 

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42 comments:

  1. I love cooking with my kids! It is one of my favorite hobbies and enjoying it with them makes it so much more special. xo Amanda

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  2. Awwww super sweet. I admit I sometimes struggle with this. I LOVE having them help me, but so often I am in a rush to get things done and I don't let them help me because of how much longer it takes. Gosh I feel horrible even saying that.

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  3. What a beautiful post! Your love of your children and of motherhood shines through so brightly! I have also found that sometimes if our sweet boy asks me t do something with him, and I am thinking it will take hours to suffice his wish, that is never the case. Usually just a few minutes of engaging in a favorite activity of his will make him feel satisfied. You are so right...it isn't always the big things they want from us. Just our time means more to them than anything else we could ever give them. They grow up SO fast. We blink, and it seems they have grown an inch. I MISS when our son was little, but I am SO grateful he is still as young as he is and home with us. I cherish every, single second of motherhood...it is plain to see you do, too. :) God bless you and your sweet family.

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  4. MyMoms TotallyNutsMay 19, 2015 at 11:50 AM

    Beautiful post! I do the same thing with my son! He loves helping me cook, and one day wants to be a Chef! (He's only 10, but who knows, maybe I gave birth to the next Gordon Ramsay, ha ha!)

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  5. Such a very sweet post :) Your kiddos are so lucky to have you as a mom!!

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  6. Love your words today about including our kids in the small things too. All those little moments add up and are great memories for our kids. Thanks for sharing!

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  7. What a GREAT post! and I totally agree that it's the little moments that add up :) Thanks so much for linking up!

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  8. Thank you so much for welcoming me to Tuesday Talk!! I'm happy to join such a great group of bloggers!

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  9. Your daughter sounds like she's THE SWEETEST. I love this. I remember as a kid I ALWAYS loved helping cook and bake. I'll definitely want to do that with my kids some day too. :)

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  10. So true! That might have melted my heart just a little. My kids are the same way.

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  11. I need to do this more often as well- just enjoy my children and the little things they want to do with me. Your kids are too cute!!

    Thanks for linking up to "Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me" today.

    Rachel xo

    Garay Treasures

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  12. Love to see this. My children have taught me so many things, and they still are even though they are all grown up. Helping in the kitchen prepares them for so many things in life. If you can handle the extra work involved keep including them. They may actually feed themselves one day.!!!!!

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  13. Love, love, love this post.

    I have had similar experiences time and time again but so often I get caught up in just wanting to get things done that I forget how special those moments can be. What a great reminder.

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  14. Yes, it is the little things! Those everyday moments are so precious. I love this post. :) Thanks for sharing.

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  15. I feel my kiddos teach me way more than I teach them. When I'm talking to them, so many times I imagine God having the same conversation with me... Motherhood is definitely the gift that keeps on giving! Thank you for sharing at Waiting on...Wednesday!


    Holly @ www.iwillservewhileiwait.blogspot.com

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  16. It sure does! I bet they just love it too, Amanda!!!! -Jess

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  17. YES. I know exactly what you mean. Motherhood teaches humility...and patience!!! -Jess

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  18. That is such a great reminder! 1 - What they won't never takes as long as we think it will and 2 - they grow up so fast so cherish these times! I've really enjoyed getting to know you, Cheryl. Thanks for always sharing your beautiful heart with us! -Jess

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  19. Then someday he can make dinner for you!!!!!! haha -Jess

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  20. Thanks, Erin! I feel so lucky that I have such amazing kids that are always helping me to become a better person! -Jess

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  21. Thank you, Tina! When I think back on my childhood, that's what I remember. So now as a mom, I have to remember to do those little things! They always seem to fall to the wayside when you have a to-do list...this is something I need to work on for sure! -Jess

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  22. Awww, thank you! I love seeing my parents do that with my kids too! Grandparents are the best. How awesome you get to bless your grandkids too! -Jess

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  23. Thank you, Andrea! I love reading about your family because it really shows that this is something you all do. You're all about the little and big moments. Thanks for hosting! -Jess

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  24. We are so happy to have you!!!!!! :)

    Yeah, I've noticed that too. Why do to-do lists take precedence? Sigh, it's a daily struggle...but we're all in this together. I'm so glad to be surrounded by other awesome, encouraging moms who want to be the best they can be! -Jess

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  25. She is. She's one of those that is always coming up for a hug and saying I love you. How can that not melt you every single time?! -Jess

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  26. I have been thinking about it all week. It's amazing how little ones can teach you big lessons! I'm sure you know what I mean! -Jess

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  27. Thank you! I have to daily remind myself to do this too. We're all in this together as moms! -Jess

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  28. LOL That and hopefully they can make dinner for me!!!! Haha But seriously, it is amazing how they teach us such big lessons. Motherhood is hard but so awesome too. Thanks, Michelle! -Jess

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  29. I know what you mean - it's my darn perfectionism coming out. Everyday, I trying to let go more and more. -Jess

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  30. Thanks, Donna! I have to remind myself daily. Kids are a good reminder ;) -Jess

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  31. That is a really awesome way to look at it - seeing it as a conversation between me and God. Thank you for sharing that! That is beautiful. Thanks again for hosting - I love your link up :) -Jess

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  32. Yep, the best lessons I'm learning these days come straight from the little ones in my life ...


    Saying 'hi' from Susan's!

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  33. Thank you, Jess! Love having you guys!

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  34. Melanie BlignautMay 27, 2015 at 6:39 AM

    Here via the Wonderful Wednesday linkup. My kids constantly teach me that there's no such thing as being prepared - I thought I'd have years to work out answers to life's tricky questions, but my 4yo is already such a deep thinker who keeps surprising me with the things she says.

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  35. Thanks for this sweet reminder. I often get busy planning the big things and miss opportunities to do the every day things together. I'm guilty of choosing productivity over shared experiences and I'm working to improve that. I was unloading groceries today and Olive was eager to help. Usually, I just rush and do things myself, but today I let her help. She collected the grocery bags and kept saying "Help you mama" with a huge smile on her face. IT was a sweet moment together and I'm glad I slowed down my usual pace to enjoy it. I'm going to have to make an effort to take time and enjoy the little things with my favorite little person!!

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  36. Well I don't have any kids, but my first is set to come around August. Yay! I hope we can share sweet moments like this :)

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  37. Everyday I learn something from them! -Jess

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  38. How do they do that?! It makes me wonder if we were all like that as little ones! -Jess

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  39. That is so sweet! I think our minds as moms always go towards the to-do list. I really need to work on slowing down and enjoying life with my kids too. I'm glad our little ones are there to remind us everyday!!! -Jess

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  40. You will have so many moments like this! Congrats on your new little blessing by the way! You'll be in our prayers! -Jess

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  41. Oh my goodness, this is so sweet! I hope my future children love cooking as much as I did when I was a kid (and now of course). I think it will be so fun to prepare food with them in the kitchen. :)

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  42. I remember cooking in the kitchen with my mom - it's so fun to be able to do that now with my little ones! You will love it...and your kids will too because it's with you :) -Jess

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