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At 15 months, my daughter is an incredible little person. Not just a drooly, wobbly little baby, but a toddler who has personality, a point of view and a never-ending stream of energy.
(It’s amazing how tired I am at the end of the day. Chasing her is the best exercise I’ve ever done, but it is exhausting for sure!)
Now more than ever, I try to make the most of every single moment with Audrey, especially because our time together is more limited than I’d like. She’s in daycare during the day, and the mornings seem to fly by in a rush of packing schoolbags, brushing teeth and getting out the door, all by 7:45 a.m.
I try to involve her as much as possible in everything I do as we get ready. I let her put her lunch in her bag once I’ve put it together, and make up silly songs about what we’re doing (“we go to school so we’re not fools and share our toys with girls and boys”), and I let her help me pick out her clothes (blue shirt or red dress? pink sneakers or yellow sandals?). It takes a little longer and it’s not always easy to take a deep breath and let it happen, but time just doesn’t seem to be slowing down. I don’t want to rush even a second of being her mom.
I’m not perfect (ahem, cleaning up my language is an ongoing project) but I know she’s watching, and so far, I’m proud of my job as role model. I do yoga? She follows me into downward dog.
I put music on while doing housework and dance with the vacuum? She sways to the beat.
I make funny faces at her during diaper changes? She pulls her mouth apart and sticks her tongue at me. We try to have as many fun, bonding moments in the morning as possible.
One of our favorite things to do together, especially in the morning before most people are up, is run. I have been running with Audrey since she was 6 months old and we’re often out before the sun rises — I’m so excited to be a positive model for her to know that when you start the day being active, you can accomplish ANYTHING! And we love to start our weekend mornings in bed together. Lucas and I bring Audrey under the covers and ask her about her dreams, and tickle her feet, and ask her what she want’s for breakfast. I love having that “reset” moment as a family before we go crazy with our busy lives!
You can see all of the tips that other busy moms have shared on the Great Starts Tips website, at Kelloggs.com/GreatStartsTips, including this one from Susie Parker-Simmons.
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