I don’t just love my kids, I actually like them too.

standard March 2, 2009 4 responses

You’re supposed to love your kids. It’s part of the contract – spit-up, baby smiles, and buckets of love. It’s that love that keeps you from chucking colicky babies out the window or running for the border when you haven’t slept in months and you don’t think you can take another night of no sleep. And it’s that love that keeps you beaming at your offspring long after every other person in the room has moved from being bemused to being beyond irritated with their antics.

OK, fine, so I love my kids. But I also happen to really, really like them too.

My kids are funny, caring, smart, and compassionate. Hanging out with them is actually fun. They both have a great sense of humor, which makes it possible for us all to laugh and joke together. The hours of barely suppressed boredom that used to crawl by are finally taken up with crafts, projects, books, games, and outings that we all seem to enjoy.

Now that everyone is talking and communicating needs, wants, thoughts, and even silliness, I feel like we’ve hit another stage in family togetherness. It’s no longer just about caregiver/care-needer. There’s more of a give and take; it’s all more multi-directional.

I think we’re on the threshold of the infancy stage where everything is just about basic needs being met, and the stage that’s about taking care of people who have distinct personalities, thoughts, and aspirations.

We’re just getting to know those people, and so far, I truly love, and actually like, who they’re becoming.

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  • Great post! Sounds like a great family, too.

    Looking forward to this stage in a year or so 🙂

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  • My son is 22 and I often say, “I miss him at every age.” I liked something, almost everything about each stage, each grade, each day.

    ellie
    ellieisanewthing.blogspot.com

  • Oh I totally hear ya here… my daughter is actually FUN… like she tells jokes that make me laugh now…. thank goodness… because I have to be honest… the spit up stage was not a fun one 🙂

  • Oh so nice to make that transition!

    Seems like each phase comes with its own challenges–and each phase requires loving them when you feel like there should be an extended return policy on those precious “gifts.”

    For building communication of need skills, here’s one we’re working with on the 2yo granddaughter.

    2yo: *shouts* I WANT…!

    Me: *quietly* I hear you want something. How do you ask for it?

    2yo: *quietly AND gosh darn cute* Please give me….

    Ironically, If I demand her to pick up something, she goes into Terrible Two’s Defiance mode. But if I nicely say, “Please pick up the …,” she runs to pick it up and hands it to me without hesitation.

    Funny how a well-placed “Please” can be so effective, huh?

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