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FROM MY HEART TO YOURS

LESSONS MY KIDS HAVE TAUGHT ME

I have always thought of myself as the luckiest woman in the world, being blessed with 3 healthy and beautiful kiddos. My boys are so smart and independent, learning every day that their passions can become a reality. My little Hadley Grace is a spitfire, forging a life for herself that is full of wonder and curiosity. Being their parent is an amazing gift, and I am so grateful.


What have I learned as their mom? So much. But I wanted to list out a few things that have stuck out to me as there is a large age gap between my middle and youngest- that have come back to me this time as a reminder of what lessons these babes teach us!


1. PATIENCE IS KEY


Kids are kids. They try to get away with things and drive us up the wall at times. They teach us patience whether or not we want to learn it. I was a very impatient youngster with a short temper. A year into parenting my oldest son Malachi, I finally understood what real patience looks like. I learned that even though it's not easy to attain, patience was possible. It's a lesson that's helped me navigate hard times.


2. MY ACTIONS ARE FAR MORE IMPORTANT THAN MY WORDS


For years, I told my children their dreams were possible and to shoot for the stars, yet I wasn't even shooting for the sky. I was stuck working 40-50 hours a week at a job I hated, barely making enough to survive. As much as I tried to keep it at work, I brought the stress and anger home with me.


I said enough. It took me a while to build my Real Estate career, but I was able to quit the job and live out my dream as one of the top Real Estate Agents in the Seacoast of NH. I felt a weight lifted off my shoulders as soon as I left that job, and my kids noticed the difference.


Our children see more than we think. We can tell them what to do, but they will follow the actions we take. Our actions will outweigh our words. I had to get honest about what actions I wanted my children to see and follow. Making big changes is hard, but it will pay dividends in how your children develop.


3. TAKING CARE OF ME IS AS IMPORTANT AS TAKING CARE OF THEM


When I take care of myself, I show up far better for these little ones. It's easy for me to get overwhelmed when I don't put my health and wellness first, and that triggers things in me that make parenting even harder than it is. I am lucky to have the support and love to help me when I need to take a few moments to catch my breath after work, grab a nail appointment for take a walk for my mental health.


4. LIVE FULLY EACH DAY


Our children grow up so fast and before we know it, we're sending them off to live their life. So many experiences in life have taught me that I'm not guaranteed a moment past right now. None of us is guaranteed anything; we only get once chance to live life. Being a parent taught me that I want live each moment as if I weren't going to get another one.


5. EMBRACE THE CHAOS


When things get crazy, I can get lost in the chaos. When I set aside my expectations and just "go with it", it becomes easier to manage and have fun with all that needs to get done. When we work as a team to solve a problem, it becomes a whole heck of a lot more fun!



I want to know, what is the number one thing you've learned from your kids?

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