6 Lessons from My Infant Daughter
New human life is amazing. If you’ve been blessed to watch a newborn grow from a barely functioning lump to a fully walking/talking little person, you know what I mean. Things we take for granted – blinking, digesting food, grabbing an object – are things that my baby girl has mastered over her first year of life.
She’s obviously learned a lot, but watching her, I’ve learned a thing or two myself.
- Practice, practice, practice. Learning something new takes lots of time and practice. Sometimes you have to repeat the same things over and over for days. But if you stick to it, you’ll be able to do amazing things you never dreamed possible before.
- Cry a little, then get over it. It’s okay to be frustrated and vent when we don’t get what we want. Sometimes we just need to scream about something bothering us. When it’s over, though, it’s over. Forget about it and move on.
- Make time for play. Who cares if you’re not “getting something done” every second of the day. Sometimes, you get more out of life by playing then by working all the time. When you make time to play, you’re also making time to learn.
- Get enough sleep. We may not realize it, but when we don’t get enough sleep, we are cranky. We’re not as good at doing our daily tasks, and we’re no fun to be around. Make sure to make sleep a priority in your life, not only for yourself, but for everyone else around you.
- Live in the moment. We learned things from yesterday, but our attention should be on today. Only by doing something today can we grow into what we want to be tomorrow.
- Love without restraint. When you see someone you love, put on your biggest smile and let them know how much they mean to you. Don’t be shy about wanting to give a kiss or a hug. It will, without fail, every time, brighten that person’s day.
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