Seedlings turn overnight to sunflowers indeed. And oh, how she is blossoming, even as I gaze. I looked away for a mere moment, and I almost missed it.
There's the rub of parenting; we create these incredible creatures only to find out they are not our creations at all. They are their own, entirely and remarkably.
Observe mindfully. Reflect kindly. Respond flexibly. These are the pillars of mindful relating. Learn more in this special video episode of The Sandbox with Diane and Rebekka!
This isn't just about behaviors. This is about values. If our children feel appreciated, they will come to be appreciative. If they sense that we are grateful, they will cultivate gratitude. If we can teach these values with our embodied actions, and with no small amount of kindness and humor, we are nurturing the seeds of humility, empathy, and relatedness.
There's no one right way to become diaper free, and only your daughter knows the timeframe on this one.
No book can ever make the process of welcoming a new child into your family completely seamless and free of pain. However, storytelling is a great way to help your child (and you!) navigate this monumental transition with a sense of the many feelings and possibilities that can accompany baby's arrival. Here are some children's books my family and I enjoy about this remarkable time of life.