6 important life lessons my toddler taught me

1. If you’re persistent enough, you will usually get what you want

6 important life lessons my toddler taught me

Motherhood has offered many opportunities for growth. I wouldn't consider myself a good mother if I didn't make mistakes, learn from them, and try again.

By far the most surprising opportunity for growth has come from my daughter and how much she has taught me. It's strange how children, without any intentions of their own, can help you to mature and become more aware of the world around you.

Your kids will teach you more than you will ever teach them.

Here are six lessons my daughter has taught —some practical and some just plain fun:

1. If you're persistent enough, you will usually get what you want

This can be a frustrating lesson and one which often requires patience (and prayers for even more patience) on my end. Have you ever “given in” to a child's request just to avoid the constant questions and demands? Here is an example of how my daughter's persistence can lead me to “give in” –


“Mama, more chips?”

“Nope, you've had enough. Let's eat something else.”

“Mama, more chips?”

“No. I said we are going to eat something else.”

“Mama, more chips?”

“Okay, fine.”

Please tell me I'm not the only one who has caved in this situation.

However, her persistence reminds me that I need to do the same in my endeavors. While our desires and goals are obviously very different, I think there is value in working hard for what will make you happy. According to my husband, it's like they say in the sales business: it takes nine No's to get to one Yes. In the case of our children, sometimes their sweet, sad, or incessant asking/demanding hardly takes five No's from us!

2. Nature is fascinating and can provide hours of entertainment

If we are having a rough day at home, going outside for a walk or a visit to the park always cheers both of us up. While I don't always enjoy the hassle of getting ready and would rather stay inside and laze around all day, there is something about being in nature that lifts my mood. Once I'm outside, I always feel happier, less stressed, and more appreciative of life in general.

The freedom for my daughter to run around in open space, discovering a new plant or bug, or just feeling the sun on our faces connects us with Mother Earth. It slows the rhythm of the day and allows us to explore and learn together.

3. Animals and babies are the best creatures

These innocent creatures are so captivating to my daughter—from bunnies, cats, and farm animals, to infants and toddlers. And no wonder: they are just like her – curious, full of energy and excitement, and super cute.

4. Everyone deserves a hug, kiss, or hello

My daughter likes to greet others with these simple, friendly gestures. It seems as though she knows that every person deserves recognition, even in a small way. When she is social in public with kids at the park, a barista at the cafe, or an elderly couple at church, it forces me to be more outgoing, too.

My manner tends to be reserved, so although I don't always enjoy conversing or meeting new people because of my shy tendencies, I have come to realize the importance of interacting with others and being a part of the human experience.

5. When the moment strikes, don't be afraid to dance

Whether at home or out in public, my daughter will start dancing anytime she hears music. Watching her move to the beat is the most joyous experience – not only because she is being completely herself without any inhibitions, but also because she is having so much fun.

When I watch my daughter in these moments, I find myself thinking how embarrassed I would be and how much braver she is than me! I've always struggled to embrace who I am even in private. But being in her presence in these moments has given me a little more confidence to embrace who I am whether with my husband, relatives, friends, or people in the community.

6. Life is one big adventure

Since everything is brand new and there is so much to learn, it's no surprise that my daughter sees life as one big adventure. When I view life through her reactions to experiences, it opens my eyes to what is around me and I realize how much I take for granted or fail to notice.

There are some things that I missed out on in my childhood (or memories that I have forgotten) that I want to make sure doesn't happen for my daughter. Her excitement for life fills me with great appreciation for the gift of life and the many opportunities I have to experience it to the fullest. And I want to provide her with lots of chances to do the same.

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These are only the vitamins I give my children and here's why

It's hard to say who loves these more—my kids or me.

When I became a mama five years ago, I didn't put too much thought into whether my son was getting the right vitamins and minerals. From breastfeeding to steaming and pureeing his first bites of solid food, I was confident I was giving him everything to support his growth and development.

But then the toddler years—and the suddenly picky palate that accompanied them—came along. Between that challenge and two additional children in the mix… well, I knew my oldest son's eating plan was falling short in some vitamin and mineral categories.

I also knew how quickly he was growing, so I wanted to make sure he was getting the nutrients he needed (even on those days when he said "no, thank you" to any veggie I offered).

So when I discovered the new line of children's supplements from Nature's Way®, it felt like a serious weight off my chest. Thanks to supplements that support my children's musculoskeletal growth, their brain function, their immune systems, their eyes and more, I'm taken back to that simpler time when I was so confident my kids' vitamin needs were met.*

It wasn't just the variety of supplements offered by Nature's Way that won me over: As a vegetarian mama, I'm the picky one in the family when it comes to scanning labels and making sure they meet our standards. The trick is that most gummy vitamins are made with gelatin, which is not vegetarian friendly.

But just like the other offerings from Nature's Way that I've already come to know and love, the children's supplement line is held to a high standard. That means there's no high-fructose corn syrup, gelatin or common allergens to be found in the supplements. The best part? My two oldest kids ensure we never miss their daily vitamins—they are so in love with the gummy flavors, which include tropical fruit punch, lemonade and wild berry.

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Meanwhile, my pharmacist husband has different criteria when evaluating supplements, especially when it comes to those for our kids. He appreciates the variety of options from Nature's Way, which gives us the ability to rotate the vitamins based on our kids' daily needs. By keeping various children's supplements from Nature's Way on hand, I can customize a regimen to suit my kids' individual requirements.

Of course, high-quality products often come at a higher price point. But (to my immense gratitude!) that isn't the case with Nature's Way, which retails for a competitive value when compared to the other items on the shelf.

Like all mamas, my chief concern is supporting my children's health in any way I can. While I see evidence of their growth every time I pack away clothes they've outgrown, I know there is much more growth that doesn't meet the eye. That's why, for my oldest son, I like stacking the Brain Builder gummy with the Growing Bones & Muscles gummy and the Happy & Healthy Multi. My 3-year-old also enjoys getting her own mix to include the Healthy Eyes gummy. And both of my older kids are quick to request the Tummy Soothe tablet when something isn't sitting right in their stomachs.* And I'll admit it: I've tried it myself and the berry blast flavor really is tasty!

Although my current phase of motherhood may not be as "simple" as it once was, there is so much to appreciate about it—like watching my kids play and sing and create with their incredible imaginations. Along the way, I've eased up on some of my need for control, but it does help to have this range of supplements in my motherhood tool kit. So while I may not be able to convince my son to try kale, having the Nature's Way supplements on hand means I do know he's right on track.*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

This article was sponsored by Nature's Way. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.

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