Last September I signed Micha up for a tumbling class. Since she loved climbing on anything in sight, so I thought it would be fun. I couldn’t have been more wrong! The first class was terrible–she cried the whole time and wouldn’t try any of the activities. I was surprised and deflated because my ‘great idea’ flopped. Fortunately, we stuck with it and I’m so glad. Micha has really blossomed. She’s curious and brave. She’s tries new things and pleasantly surprises herself (and me). She does things I didn’t know her little body or mind could handle. It’s awesome to witness her changing and growing more into herself.
Now, I watch her dive into new things all the time. Sometimes literally, (as you can see she loves diving face first into our couch 🙂 ) and other times, figuratively (she keeps finding new things in our house and messing with them until she gets them working). Sometimes it’s fun to watch and other times, I find myself piling things higher and higher up on shelves to keep them out of reach–I’m running out of room!
If you look at the second picture, Micha’s got a smile on her face. She loves diving in because she knows how much fun it is. This is a good reminder to us parents. We sometimes forget to dive into things that are important for us. The truth is we need to keep diving in as much as our kids. As I watch how much Micha enjoys the thrill of doing what she loves, I too, need to keep doing the things I love. So, I dove into two books this week (and finished both!). I ran longer than I have since birthing Luca and I cooked a new dish that I’ve been eager to try. It felt great!
Make time this week to dive into something fun for YOU. You’ll see how good it feels 😉
Angela M. Barbieri
I am a happy mother of two. I’ve written for as long as I can remember. Since becoming a mother, I’ve started sharing my writing to connect with others and share what I learn. I hope to support parents through my writing because parenting challenges us (understatement) but also allows us to relive innocent, new experiences through the eyes of our children (amazing!).
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