Well tomorrow will dawn on my child’s sixth birthday. What a rollercoaster we’ve had since we met him, all those years ago.
He’s taught us a lot, and I thought now would be a good time to share with you some of the gems:
1. There is no such thing as a perfect parent. We all have good and bad days, but it’s how we share them, that is important to us as a family.
2. Love conquers a lot of things. But it certainly helps to have a hug and a kind word when the world is dark and you’ve woken up from a nightmare.
3. Lego is king. Or queen. From me playing with it thirty-five years ago to now, it still remains a fantastic entertainment device for little hands and big minds.
4. Family comes in many shapes and many forms. And we love them all, and for the most part, they are the family we’ve made for ourselves not the one we inherited. Thank you one and all for being there along this wild ride!
5. When all else fails, hide under the quilt. A handy hint, when faced with things like waking up at 4am and being unable to go back to sleep – the joy of living in Tasmania when the sun rose at this horrid hour, and our child was like, well the suns up, I must be up.
6. Cats and kids do get along. We had two indoor only cats when we brought our little bundle of joy home, and they all survived each other. The cats were scared of the small wiggling squealing one, and so never, ever decided they wanted in on the warm bedroom.
7. Chaos is my new mantra. Order is out, and Chaos is in. And it really doesn’t matter if the house is not perfect.
8. I love my washing machine. Well it serves day in and day out to keep up with the clothes being worn, and in those early early days of parenthood when changes of clothes were mandatory – it served well. That’s why we’re on our third one!
9. What matters most is being able to hold and be held. Not that the house is clean, or whether you think you need a new pair of jeans. Just being there with your loved ones can be enough.
10. Love is the gift we give to the next generation. Be generous with it.