One of the party "games" involved asking each guest to impart some wisdom or advice to the new parents by writing a tip on a paper frog. We got lots of great advice!
|"Affirm best efforts, not just best results"|
|"Don't arrive home and say 'What's for dinner?' Arrive home with dinner"|
We also got some tips that seemed a little strange at first, but have turned out to be incredibly profound!
|"Rule #9 Always carry a knife" (Any other NCIS carbs out there?)|
And then there was this gem:
|"Nemo dat quod non habet - you can't give what you don't have"|
There are days when I don't heed his wisdom, though. Maybe I'm just too busy, or maybe I'm already stressed or ill. Whatever the reason, these are the days that I make parenting choices I'm not the most proud of. My fuse is way too short. I snap instead of offering another chance. I don't have the energy to get down on the floor and take part in the game of cars that's going on.
When you're taking care of little ones, it can be hard to make the time to take care of yourself - but it's SO important! "Nemo dat quod non habet - you can't give what you don't have."
In the spirit of supporting you and your family not only through your communication journey, but through being important in the lives of little ones, I am excited to start sharing some of my posts with you about "being your best you." I'm already thinking of some fun date night ideas, easy ways to inject some pampering into your busy schedule, and even some fun family activities There will still be plenty of posts about signing with your little ones too, so I hope you'll visit often for a little bit of inspiration!