It seems like the weather can’t quite make up its mind.
Just as we’re getting used to dry sidewalks, yards and roadways, mild temperatures, blue skies, and sunshine, there’s a winter storm alert! Snow is falling and wind is blowing, schools have been let out early, grocery stores are bustling.
What’s that about?
I guess we were all jumping ahead just a little bit – rushing the season, being impatient – as Spring is still a few weeks away – and even then …it will show up when it’s ready!
It’s definitely kind of like parenting. We see a little progress in our child’s behavior and wow, it’s Spring!
We can’t help ourselves – the baby slept through the night, my three-year-old went right to bed this weekend – my one-year-old took a step, my two-year-old went pee in the potty, my toddler tried peas last night, my four-year-old brushed his teeth last night without a struggle – Yay!
Until … “I guess it’s winter again!”
Much of our children’s behaviors are on a continuum. It takes time for a behavior to change – to become consistent – to become learned.
It’s called baby steps.
Letting things happen in turn – being patient yet prepared – to welcome Spring – and our child’s new developments – when it’s time.
“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.” Lao Tsu