The Sampler – Time Doesn’t Have to Go By So Fast

by Guest Contributor

sampler-main-180-pix.jpg5 Minutes for Mom brings you exclusive samplings from the best mom blogs in our weekly column, The Sampler, hosted by 5 Minutes for Mom contributing editor Shera, from A Frog In My Soup.

Today we are featuring a post written for us by Monica, who is new to the blogosphere. Her posts range from exercise and losing weight to recipes and well being. Be sure to visit her blog, Enjoying a Healthy and Balanced Life for informative and straight to the point posts.

Time Doesn’t Have to Go By So Fast

Life goes by at the speed of light doesn’t it? The speed of light can be slowed one day at a time.

I’m learning how to enjoy my 7 year old when he has good days, and more importantly when he has bad days.

My son is a “social butterfly” so often I have to deal with behavior issues in the classroom. This is tricky since I’m not there to see what’s happening. I have to make sense of what the teacher says combined with what he says. When a contradiction comes up, I always go with the teacher’s point of view.

I am in the process of overcoming:

1) Expecting him to be perfect. I expect to be perfect also. I’m working on this. It is a journey and some of it has been uphill. But the destination (although I don’t have a full view) is absolutely amazing.
2) Forgetting what it is like to be faced with something so funny that the laughter can’t be stopped no matter how hard you try.
3) Not remembering what it is like to be full of energy and desperately wanting to share a thought with someone.

Certainly a child has to have consequences. I am not his friend, I’m his mother. Do I need to be angry with him though? Do we really need to be on opposite sides?

I’m striving to learn from the mistakes I made last year. I want to be more understanding and remember what it was like to be a child.

Tell me, do you have the same struggles?

Written by Monica of Enjoying A Healthy and Balanced Life.

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1 Lisa September 26, 2008 at 1:44 am

Thanks for sharing! It can be hard to find just the right balance.

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2 Heather J. September 26, 2008 at 9:22 am

Oh yeah, I know how that is! My kiddo is turning 7 soon, and he’s a lot like that. Except that he ABHORS getting in trouble at school, so I don’t really have to deal with that aspect of it. But I do try to put myself in his shoes, to remember the exciting/fear/etc. that I would be experiencing at his age. When I do that, I find I’m able to be more patient and we are both happier for it. ;)

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3 Susan September 26, 2008 at 10:49 am

I like what you said here:
“Do I need to be angry with him though? Do we really need to be on opposite sides?”

We definitely should strive to parent without anger and try to realize that we are “on the same side”.

Thanks for the reminder!

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4 Halloween Doll Clothes Gal September 26, 2008 at 10:49 am

Good post – it reminds me of how to we all need to balance all things that do.

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5 susieshomemade September 26, 2008 at 7:32 pm

It is hard to remember what it was like to be a kid. Today, I saw on a blog a picture of a couple taken by the perspective of their child. Maybe we should all take on and hang it on the frig to remember what it was like.

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6 Monica September 27, 2008 at 9:57 am

Remembering what its like to be a child…. its not easy, but something great to aim for!

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7 Amanda September 27, 2008 at 4:53 pm

I think everyone struggles with balance…the key is to knowing what to balance. With Jesus Christ as my Savior, I immediately know what is and isn’t a priority, because I just give it all to Him.

Plus, I teach my little ones to do the same, and they have a better apprecaition for everything.

Makes life a lot easier!

Many blessings-
Amanda

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