Recently I had a flash of myself as the parent I said I'd NEVER be! It was a very short moment and even then I knew it was not my best.....
The other day I took my son ice skating....he's a pretty good skater (esp. at 3.5 y/o) and getting better everyday! Well there were a few kids there his age skating circles around him.... he was having lots of fun exploring the rink and skating at his own pace... (just as he should be at 3.5)... When I got home, I immediately told my husband that our son was not as good as some of the other kids (yes I feel terrible even typing this) and he needed to work with our son and take him skating and practice more regularly...seriously! My son doesn't know this and will probably never read this, so I'm not a total failure as a mother, but my husband (who mind you would LOVE our son to play hockey) reminded me that our son is only in preschool! He just learned how to stand up on his own on the ice last year...and genuinely loves skating and hockey and that's what its all about. I feel embarrassed that I was thinking like this, but grateful for this reminder... and grateful for my husband for keeping this in balance (somehow I always pictured it being the other way around :-) ) Our kids are only young for such a short window and letting them just be kids is so important....
Thanks for listening!
I'm Rebecca, a Maine mom of three energetic young boys and wife of a lobsterman, living in my favorite place, the coast of Maine. You'll find me here talking about my parenting journey, mom style, recipes, running and exercise, travel, stories from our life in Maine and so much more! Most days I'm just figuring it out as I go - Thanks so much for stopping by!