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Le Ann Langston on April 18th, 2012 @ 09:30 AM 1 comment

Seeing yourself through the eyes of a three year old gives a new perspective. I have an intense personality and approach every situation with a dedicated enthusiasm. For those of you that know me you just rolled your eyes and thought that was an understatement. I often get frustrated when those around me do not share my passion and enthusiasm for things. Not being somewhere when you say you will be or not meeting a deadline are mortal sins. For example, one night my 3 year old looked at me and said, “I know, I know, I know. Don’t have a meltdown mommy.”

Lately though I’ve been forced to rethink my approach.

My daughter is at the stage where she repeats and mimics everything I do. I’m assuming (hoping) it is a stage. When I see my hyper intense (another word for stress) reactions come out of her little 3 year old body it isn’t very cute. Last Saturday, as we were scurrying out the car for her Spanish class when she said with a very troubled look, “Oh mommy we are going to be late again. We need to hurry.” She proceeded to tell me that she was going to miss the song teacher Danielle did at the beginning (not to important because she didn’t know the name). It broke my heart to see her so worried.

Well we were late to Spanish class that morning and probably will be this weekend. However, the world didn’t end and probably won’t the next time we are late. I shared this perspective with my daughter as I taught her a saying that was also new to me, “Oh well.”

I invite everyone into my journey of relaxation. My 3 year old not only helped me to get to this new journey but will probably help me stay on this new road.

1 comment

Danielle on April 23rd, 2012 at 01:51 PM

Oh Le Ann, that is rough! Roo has started picking up my habit of saying "I'm sorry" for everything. Tiny little mirrors, aren't they.

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