Growing up, you learn some important life lessons through experiences. I’m here to tell you that you go through most of them before you realize it! I have nannied 3 boys for the last year, and they’ve taught me more than I’ve taught them. Clein, Parker, and Connor (above) are without a doubt a handful, but here’s what I’ve learned:
1. Look both ways before you cross
- What it meant when you were 6: When your frisbee rolls out into the middle of the street, watch out for cars! They can’t stop on a dime, and you could end up flatter than your plastic disc!
- What it means now: Don’t jump into things too quickly, whether it is a life altering decision or not. Be wise in your choices, and thoughtful in your actions.
<—–2. When you fall off the monkey bars, shake it off.
- What it meant when you were 6: This one is Pretty self-explanatory. In my house at least, when you got hurt playing, you didn’t run inside and hide for the rest of the day. You shook the dust off your knees and elbows, and carried about your game.
- What it means now: Don’t sweat the small stuff! Don’t let little things get you down. Put on a smile and MAKE it a good day!
3. Clean up after yourself
- What it meant when you were 6: If you get something out, put it away. An organized classroom is a happy classroom!
- What it means now: Take care of business. If you create a mess in your life, take care of it. Hooray for being responsible!
4. Say “I’m sorry”
- What it meant when you were 6: We all had that moment in elementary school where the teacher put you face to face with someone you were feuding with, and made you hug-it-out and say “I’m sorry”.
- What it means now: Recognize when you’re in the wrong, and do something about it. Don’t let little arguments get in the middle of a relationship or friendship.
- What it meant when you were 6: When your parent or babysitter was on his/her last straw with you, they said it was naptime. Finally, a moment of peace and relaxation!
- What it means now: There is nothing better than a good nap, for me anyways. Whenever I’m having “one of those days” that seems like the stress couldn’t get any worse, I calm myself, and take a nap if I can. A good 45 minutes of rest will clear your head so you can start finding a solution to your problem.
Living and learning,