If you’re a parent, or on your way to becoming one, you know that little ones teach us many lessons. No one goes into parenting knowing it all. No matter how many books and blogs you read, how many documentaries you watch, or how many informal chats with all your parent-friends, there’s nothing that can replace experience. While my son just turned 3, I know he’s been teaching me things since day one. I’ve got a slew of information in my brain since he was born, including the many lessons my son taught me before turning 1.
As a toddler, he’s taught me about the importance of both slowing down and keeping up. My son is constantly on the move, exploring the world in his own way as toddlers tend to do. He crawls and ducks under things, he jumps and climbs, and I've definitely realized that he notices things I don’t. Sometimes that means chasing him and going full speed, which essentially reminds me to stop and have a little fun. Other times, he moves slowly, or stops to stare at something I would never even give a second glance to, and I'm reminded to take a few moments to pay attention and focus on details when they matter to me, as they matter to him.
So as you might imagine, I’ve also picked up on lots of little life lessons in the years priors to my son's toddlerhood. Here are a few: