Like many of you, I’ve had my share of jobs in different industries, with different schedules, and with a myriad of different expectations placed on me. But one thing each job had in common was the infamous “90 day probationary period”. That critical time where the company is supposedly watching you to ensure that you are worth keeping for the long haul.
Here I am now at home; formulating my own job, schedule, rules, and expectations and that 90 days is looming on the horizon. I can’t help but asking myself, what have I learned during this time and am I doing this job well?
I have learned that:
- A young toddler on the potty is not likely to stay on the potty, and neither is what comes out of the young toddler.
- An older toddler that is potty training will repeatedly have accidents even when he is given the “rules” for what to do.
- Toddlers who like to climb and open doors are likely to fall and/or escape.
- The smiles and laughs of my children are the most beautiful sights and sounds I can and will experience in a day.
- It’s the little moments of focused attention with each one of them that keeps them happy and content through the day.
- Coffee with my kids is fun and insightful. (And don’t worry, not too caffeinated.)
- If I demand respect in a loving way from my oldest, she gives it politely.
- Trusting the kids to go outside on their own builds my trust in them and gives them independence they need to succeed in life.
- Anything that can go wrong in the kitchen will. (But it has always been that way with me anyway.)
- Dishes will always be dirty, laundry will always need to be folded, and there will always be crumbs and hair where there should not be. But I will not always have this moment to hug and kiss and dance with my babes.
- Each day is a gift and no matter how simple must be treasured and purposeful.
- I need to be thankful for each moment as they are slipping between my fingers like sand.
I’m not sure if I were to be rated by an outside, unbiased source if I would fare too well for this 90 day period – I yell too much and I get angry over silly things, but I always apologize and forgive and seek to be forgiven.
These 90 days have been a wonderful gift – something I will treasure in my heart in the days ahead as the seasons change and new adventures in mommyhood unfold.