Tuesday, August 04, 2009

together, breakfast

One thing that I've learned since becoming a mama is the importance of breakfast. I was never one to stop and eat in the mornings until my girl insisted that we do. I have learned - the hard way - that if I rush her out of bed and miss our morning meal together, than I will pay for it for the the rest of the day. She is a different child when I am stressed and we are rushed.

I consider myself Adelaide's teacher, but in so many ways I have much more to learn from her. Here is one of her lessons to me - to be calm and patient and not to rush things always. Start the day calm. Take some time each morning to lie in bed (together) and consider our day ahead. And have a simple, yet nice, breakfast each morning. It is amazing how much more I get done - and how sweet our days can be - when I take a little time to do so.

14 comments:

Christine--RHP said...

Couldn't agree more--kids have a way of teaching us moms soooooo much that way...

carol b said...

if I've learned only one thing these last two years it's been to slow down, take time. life is much sweeter as a result.

love the photos on your blog!

TrippleJN said...

Very true. A calm start to the day is important, as is good morning nutrition.

It's interesting because I have this need to keep bedtime peaceful and unrushed, or at least happy. My daughter is 7 and we both still lay down with her every night.

I love Elliot in the corner of the picture!


Jenny

shandam said...

hi sharilyn!
i ADORE your blog and have been following it ever since i stumbled upon it about 6 months ago. i also have a daughter we call "addy" (short for addison) and she just turned ONE on may 29! i really appreciated this blog in particular, because i really have not thought about of focused on having calm, leisurely mornings with my addy. i love my addy, but she really is fussy on many days, and perhaps it's because we often rush out of the house to "do" things such as music classes, library story times or play dates...however, i am now rethinking things and wondering if i am "over" doing it and stressing out my poor little girl, at such a young age...
i also liked what you said over at cafe mom about your breakfasts together, and a meal together at night with an evening stroll...does addelaide sleep through the night? my addy DOES NOT sleep through the night :o( *sigh* anyway, sorry to make such a long comment, but you have always been such an inspiration to me as a mommy and also as a person who has such an eye and instinct for all things beautiful :o) thank you!
-shandis

Amber said...

so wise & so true... sigh. I wish I could remember this *always*.

p.s. Great photo too :)

Amber said...

so wise & so true... sigh. I wish I could remember this *always*.

p.s. Great photo too :)

thereddeer said...

I totally agree - Zoe has taught me so much about being patient and not taking everything so seriously.

paula said...

I so know the feeling. My daughter starts preschool this year, yikes. I may not make it.

Ransacked Goods said...

Ah patience, the most difficult but rewarding lesson I've learned as a Mom too. You have to be grateful for what amazing teachers these little ones are. I don't think anyone but my 2 year old could have taught me to slow down.

♥ Donna Vitan said...

Oh, it'll be a long time before I get my own little child to teach me life lessons but the philosophy of starting the day off right with a bit of one on one time and cuddling definitely inspires me.

If anything, I enjoy waking up with someone I love and enjoying breakfast rather than rushing through it.

Samantha S said...

What a wonderful piece of advice, I will write down and remember.

Amy said...

Such a nice way to start the day! Love the plants on the table...I would like to incorporate this into my own home. Your blog inspires me! :o)

workroom said...

so true. beautiful and simple...

Ange said...

Oh yes, breakfast. It takes forever, but it's soooo worth the time. And of course, I've had to learn to always be on top of all morning chores etc so we can get to where we need to be without having to get up at 3am ...