Summer is slowly drawing to a close for me as the beginning of a new school-year is just around the corner.  I love summer, for obvious reasons – and this summer seemed nice and long, although every summer is roughly about the same length (12 weeks).  Not looking at a calendar certainly helps.

We spent our summer in Montana this year, only venturing from our home for a couple of short trips. I’d have to say that the best part, yet again, was being able to spend time with my family. I’m so thankful that my profession allows this time during the year to take a break. It has been great to re-charge and catch up on life’s to-do list. There’s always something to do. I didn’t quite accomplish everything, but I was pretty close.

I love looking back at some of the memories we created. Maron learned to ride his bike. Jack learned to swim. Maron made his first solo trip across the monkey-bars. Jack went to his first summer camp. And they both sang in their first wedding – accompanied by dad on the ukulele. It was a proud moment.

I was browsing the Wonderopolis archives and came across this past Wonder of the Day #394 – What Can Children Teach their Parents?  It’s been a while but I remember it from last year because of the video. Do check it out! We all have a list like this of things that we learned from our children. Here are a few that I learned from my boys this summer.

  • You can’t sing a happy song with a sad face.
  • No matter how serious you are, if your child starts to laugh while you’re disciplining them – you’ll laugh too.
  • Bandaids really do make-it-all-better.
  • Sugar tastes good any time of day.
  • If you turn the music up – you have to dance.
  • Saying “super- duper” before an adjective makes it that much better.
  • Hearing the words “my daddy is the strongest” is the best thing ever.
  • Buying 2 toys that are different color doesn’t always work.
  • Buying 2 toys that are the same color doesn’t always work either.
  • It’s not possible to tell a child “don’t get your shoes wet”.
  • A frisbee and a ball will always go over the fence.

What are some lessons you learned from your child?

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