Photo by  Dawid Zawiła  on  Unsplash

Photo by Dawid Zawiła on Unsplash

I hope that wherever you are on your parenting journey, you take time to pause and just enjoy your kids, as they are, right now. They are only going to be like this for the briefest of moments. Next month they will be bigger, smarter, and possibly better in many ways, but until then, they are just fine.

Your reward for all your hard work is that you get to be there with them today - the only day in their life when they will be exactly this age. Don't rob yourself of it. You might have a hundred important things on your 'to-do' list today, but if you don't get to have a cuddle with your child, smile at them, enter into their world to see what they see, and just spend time with a sense of gratitude in your heart, then you have neglected the most important things of all.

It sometimes takes a conscious effort of the will to see the gold beneath the dross in your current situation, and to appreciate each moment with each child as a treasure. But even if your kids are being stroppy and hard to handle, at least go through when they are asleep and drooling on their pillow and go, 'Aww.'