Toddler life lessons

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I am sure you have heard that wisdom comes with age.  It makes sense.  More life experience equals more wisdom. I am a more seasoned and experienced person in my 30’s than I was in my 20’s.  However, I recently discovered that some of the best life lessons can be learned from a toddler.

Life Lesson number 1: Brushing your teeth is fun

Tasks that are part of a monotonous routine as adults can be fun.  It’s all about perspective. Perspective shapes the experience.  We have to believe it is going to be fun and it will.

Life Lesson number 2: A smile can really make someones day

Adults don’t smile enough.  We definitely don’t smile at strangers in the grocery store or at the post office, yet kids do it all the time.  When my daughter smiles I see hearts melt and frowns that are turned upside down.  Why is that?  It’s because they are not preoccupied, they are not stressed and they enjoy watching other people smile.  Try smiling at 3 people in one day and I promise you will see results.  Sometimes that is all it takes for a bad day to turn good.

Life Lesson number 3: Walking out the door of your house is the beginning of an adventure

When I put my little girls jacket on and I open the door she squeals with delight. The view through her eyes is she is going to go see new places, try different things and make new friends.  Simply going a different route to work or the store can be a new adventure for adults.  Maybe you will stumble upon a new coffee shop or drive by your dream house.

These are just a few of the lessons I have learned from my toddler.  I still have a lot to learn. What have you learned from your children? I would love to know! Please share in the comments below.

The secret to happiness is……… a furry family member

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I wrote this title and I thought I must be crazy.  I have two dogs and a cat currently.  I can’t count how many leather shoes that have been chewed, Victorias Secret panties that have been eaten, furniture that has been scratched up, how many rugs were ruined from pee pee and I could still go on and on.  My pets have caused our family  thousands of dollars in ruined clothing and furniture.  That doesn’t even touch upon the money spent on their all natural, human grade,  organic whatever food that’s probably better then what I eat for lunch on most days! Plus how could I forget the mountain of vet bills.

Have I convinced you to run and adopt a sweet ball of fur yet?

What I haven’t told you is about the way my dogs jump five feet in the air when I walk in the house (even though I only left for an hour).  I wish my husband would do that! Or the way my lab licks my face clean if only one tear falls.  Not to mention how my cat lays on my back when its so sore. No heating pad could relax me the way he does.  A vitamin, a special diet, or surgery won’t keep you feeling young the way having a pet does, at least that’s what a lot of experts say.  Frankly I believe it.  I have grown up with pets all my life and they have taught me a ton. Dogs forgive in minutes.  They can have fun with just a ball. They think a car ride is the best thing since sliced bread and all they want to do is please you.  Wouldn’t that be great if people were that easy?  Check out your local shelter.  There are always wonderful cats and dogs that would love to bring you joy and become a part of your family.

Please share how your furry family member has brought you joy I would love to hear about it.