I found this in my "parenting" binder. I am not sure of the source, I think it may be Parents magazine. Anyway, I wanted to share this with you. I had a rough day last week and reading this made the tears fall and changed my whole outlook in that instant. It's a good reminder of the way our babies see us.
*Stop freaking out about the mess! There's always time to clean-but how often do we get to make mud pies?
*Love me, even when I am naughty. I'll only be this age once.
*Be patient. I do everything for a reason but I don't know enough words yet to give you an explanation.
*Let me do it. I know you can do it faster and better, but sometimes experience is the best teacher.
*Don't expect too much of me. I want to do what you ask and make you happy, but I'm still little.
*Keep your promises. It's all about trust. When I am a teenager, you'll understand why it's so important.
*Don't try to reason with me when I am having a tantrum. Trust me-I can't hear you over my own screaming.
*Don't keep asking me if I've been good. I'm not even sure what that means, but if I was bad I'd never admit it!
*Don't let me think that you're perfect. I feel a lot better knowing I'm not the only one who makes mistakes sometimes.
*Set limits. I can't actually eat a whole box of cookies-I just want to see if I'd get away with it! :)