Slow It Down

I am convinced that my daughter is here to teach me how to slow down and to be patient. I am not slow, I am not patient, and I don’t like to stop. Madi however, loves to daydream and to walk VERY slowly. Deep breaths Mama, deep breaths … Let Go.

I rush from one thing to the next, I can get up and out the door in ten minutes if necessary. Madi needs a good hour of prep time before she is ready and willing to leave the house. I am learning that I need to take the time to prepare her well in advance for what we need to do. Sometimes, this is simply not possible which is frustrating to both of us. I am learning to prepare as much as I can in advance so that I don’t have to rush her quite so much.

More than anything, I am learning to just let her be. Does it matter if she feels the need to dance slowly through the store when I just want to get in and out? Does it matter that she feels the need to walk down a sidewalk very slowly, staring at the sky? Does it matter that I can dress her a lot quicker than she can dress herself? Does it matter if she “needs” to watch one more show before we go to the gym? Does it matter if she wants to play in the grass for a while before we get in the car? No, it doesn’t really matter after all.

What matters is that she is free to be, to explore, to imagine, to breathe, to learn, and to enjoy life. There will be plenty of time later on to rush around. For now, I will let go so that she can be free.

While we try to teach our children all about life,

Our children teach us what life is all about.

~Angela Schwindt

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