As I put him in the bath last night I just sat there in awe of the little man I am raising. He is so precious. He is learning and growing so much. Last night we were playing with his alphabet magnets, we asked him where certain letters were and he would then grab the letter. Proud mommy moment. In that moment I felt such pride. Those are the "pay off" moments. There are times you may feel like you are failing in helping your child grow. These simple moments show you all the good you are doing. They are so very needed.
The other day my hubby made a comment about how we have about a year and a half before our little man would be going to preschool. Where did that time go? Am I preparing him to succeed? I think we can always be doing something more. But preparing our children to succeed can be so daunting if we don't know where to start.
With my son we play so many games and sing a lot. He has learned his ABC's. He knows so many animals and the sounds they make. It is those moments that I am in such awe of him. To see how he has gone from a newborn to a toddler. To see now he is learning new things each and every day. How he is making connections and how excited he gets when he figures something out. We enjoy getting out and learning as well. We love story time at the library. Going to the zoo and learning about all the animals. Or simply going for a walk and talking about all the things around us. We also take time to teach him about the church. I believe it is just as important to teach him about our faith early as it is to teach him his numbers and shapes.
The most important teaching will happen in your home. Be proud of all the things your child does. You will look back and remember all those milestones. They are important. Cherish them. Always be there to help your child grow. Make time for it. You will be so grateful you did when you have each "pay off" moment.
Be the best mommy you can be.