3 Things 1 Night With A Toddler & Baby Will Teach You

I woke up a little smarter today than I did yesterday.  I think one would hope that would happen every day, but if I'm being honest, a day or three might pass before I add to my knowledge bank.  Today though I woke up with a little more insight.  Turns out there are some things that we never outgrow and some things that we need children to remind us...

1. Don't Trust an Unfamiliar Fart: I'm not sure that any fart should be trusted, but there is nothing that brings that truth home more then the look on a toddlers face after they think they did more than just toot. Yes, we are going there.  It doesn't matter is you are 2 or 30; no ones wants an unexpected surprise. Consider this my public service announcement.

2. Importance of Undivided Attention: As I was sitting there last night, fully emerged in toys and laughs I realized how much undivided attention is just soaked up.  It is easy to play with the kiddos and forget everything else, but I don't know that I can say that about the rest of life. Giving someone your undivided attention is noticeable, and makes interactions more genuine.  That means we put down the phone, and sit and listen to the husband across from you telling you about his day.  Emails and Twitter will be there when he is done.

3. You Really Only Have a Few Necessities...It's Not That Complicated: Christ, Food, Drink, Home, and Love.  That is all you need. Sometimes I just need to pump the breaks a bit. Forward movement and growth is a good thing, but they are not worth stressing over.  Count your blessing and remember that you really only need a few things.

Turns out old wisdom can be trumped by the simple mind of a 3 year old. I'm so thankful for sweet moments with sweet kiddos; there is nothing like it.

Happy Thursday!


  1. What great reminders and adorable kiddos!

  2. ha! LOVE THIS!!!!! you're very right. about all of the above. :)
    this made me smile!!!

  3. Love that you mention Christ as a necessity. Great list!

  4. This is so so true. Children need very little materially, and love love love undivided attention! I think you nailed it :)


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