I haven’t posted in over a week. Time has been tight and what free time I have had has been used to hang out with my youngest, Noah. We had a very rare beautiful day in Ohio this past weekend with sunshine (gasp) and temperatures reaching 80 degrees (double gasp). Even though my to-do list is a mile long for JTC, work, and home I couldnt waste this day on those lists when Noah wanted to hang out and have some fun. I tried convincing him that doing a bit of the yard work on the list together would be an absolute BLAST. I wish I had a picture of the look he gave me on that. He wasn’t having it. So he made his own to-do list of what he and I should do that day. We nearly made it through every item on the list by the end of the day and we had a great time. Here are a few lessons Noah taught me that day and the “Adult” translation (AT) to go along with them.
NOT SMARTER THAN A FIFTH GRADER
- Play-Doh is a required household item and its fun to turn Dad’s creation into spaghetti when he isn’t looking. (AT) – Everything doesnt have to be neat and organized all the time. Stop worrying about the “what if” and just have fun.
- Its better to just buy a new pair of the exact same shoes when needed. (AT) – Simplicity is key – why overthink, waste time, and add stress to trivial items. If it works well – stick with it. Focus your change energy on something needing changed.
- Its fun to run up a hill racing your dad. Its even better when you beat him. (I let him win, really I did) (AT) – Its great to win the race but more importantly just start the race. You can never win if you don’t even start.
- Riding in the front seat is the greatest thing ever. (AT) – Enjoy the little things. It is the sum of the little things that will bring joy to your life. Make time for them – OFTEN.
- Goldfish don’t survive very long in a plastic bag in 80 degree weather. (AT) – Goldfish don’t survive very long in a plastic bag in 80 degree weather.
- It is hilarious to watch dad stress out when he locks the keys in the trunk at the grocery store. (AT) – There is an engineer at Chrysler that should be FIRED for designing a trunk release that requires the accessory power to be on. (AT#2) – Why stress? Laugh at yourself, fix it, learn from it, and move on!
- Why work when you can play? (AT) – All work and no play makes dad a dull boy!
- It is fun to hang out with dad and play. (AT) – Make time to enjoy your children while they still want to hang out with you. Sadly, it doesn’t last forever.
It was a great day. Noah taught me a great deal and hopefully I will remember these lessons from a ten year old and continue to apply them to my daily life. I have a long way to go.
What have your children taught you lately? Are you making playing a part of your life or is it all just work and worry?