With a 15 month old boy, I feel like I'm in the low foothills of a huge parenting mountain. Just scratching the beginning of the learning curve.
A few things I'm discovering at the start of the slope (in no particular order):
1) Boys need to rough-house. Tickling, hanging upside down, spinning in fast circles, wrestling on the bed. Interjecting some rowdy play in the day helps everything else go more happily, it seems...
2) Communication with my husband is key. Communication with the Lord even more so. Andrew and I have to be on the same page and we desperately need wisdom from God!
3) There is wonder everywhere. He was fully captured last night playing on the basketball court with his dad. When you're two feet tall, the world looks different. I'm getting to discover it with him, especially since I'm constantly down on his level playing on the floor or practicing with my new camera.
4) Messes aren't a big deal. Messes are FUN (mostly)! I'm still trying to get this through my head.
5) He understands more than I think. I'm constantly reminding myself of this.
7) Consistency, consistency, consistency.
8) I am the one being trained. Not by my son, but by God. Thank you, kind Lord. :)
9) Others have done this before me. And they're as close as a phone call.
10) I can't base my parenting decisions on the perceived opinions of those around me. How you train your children is something pretty much everyone has an opinion about. And that's ok. But I'm a people-pleaser by nature, so I'm learning afresh that I have to be ok with going against the grain of some people's opinion. I need to seek wise counsel, yes. But I can't shift my parenting techniques based on who I'm around at the moment.
As a parent, what are you learning right now?
Linked to Top Ten Tuesday. :)