The following is a short list of my mistakes as a mom just with my first (a.k.a., "learner") child.
- High-pressure potty training.
- Starting her in kindergarten and ballet and church kids' club all in the same week.
- That accidental half sumo wrestler/half alien hula girl birthday cake.
- Letting her sign on for a killer academic and extracurricular load her sophomore year in high school just because we knew she'd be able to handle it.
- Not having her take a math class the semester before she took the SAT.
- All the yelling. (Mine.)
- All the meltdowns. (Also mine.)
I know, because I worried about these things, too. But the blessing of being a mom with some mileage on her is that you have the keen perspective of hindsight. The older your children get, the more you're able to see how the story you've been writing turns out.
I'd be so grateful if you took a moment to head over to Simple As That to read the rest of this post. With a bunch of years behind me and my (mostly) delightful teenage children in front of me, there are five things that truly seem to have mattered...things that, unlike that hula girl cake, I'd do again.