I just had to share this little story that happened to me today. We have been out of town for almost a week. I have been trying to unpack and get some food in the fridge and get us back to a routine because school starts next week (cue the angels and the tears) We had a great summer. We had a busy summer. It went by fast, but the last few weeks I had that feeling that parents talk about.. the one where you say, "OKAY! I think it's time for school to start." She likes school and routine and we haven't had one. So today I was trying to clean out the fridge and scrub it down before I get groceries and Alaire wanted me to open a jar of olives, get her a drink, and make her a sandwich. She wasn't being impatient but she asked me a few times for each thing. I told her I would as soon as I wiped the shelves out.
Then this conversation happened:
Alaire: Being a mom and taking care of kids is really hard.
Me: It is? Why do you think that?
Alaire: Because it's hard getting food and drinks for everyone all day.
Me: Sometimes it is hard to do everything for everyone. I'm glad you are sitting patiently for me. it makes my job easier.
Alaire: After I realized how hard it is to be a mom I decided I would help you more.
This made my life. She might forget in a few hours that she is going to help me more or that she thinks what I do is hard But, the fact that she thought of me and appreciated me, or any person who takes care of her like that, just melted me.
Drew and I always say Alaire is the one we have to be nice to, she's a natural care taker and definitely the one who will keep us out of the "home" someday when our other kids want to dump us there!
I think all parents SAH or working parents just want to feel appreciated in some way. Even if a four year old has to tell you that you are doing a good job, it feels good. Enjoy your little munchkins even if they make you want pull your hair out and drink a lot of wine!