I started this blog as a place to put the "mommy stuff" that just doesn't fit over on my other blog.

I became a first time mom at the age of 43 so this blog is written from *gasp* an older mom's perspective.

I love being a mom to the funniest little girl on the planet (check out the scroll over to the right ---> for some of her gems!) and I hope you enjoy reading about our adventures together!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Humility week gets started!

The quality or condition of being humble; imitate Jesus and Socrates.

Nothing like having a stubborn little muffin to make one feel pretty humble! Thank you so much to everyone who stopped by to chime in on the big potty dilema I shared in my last post. It really makes a huge difference to hear that I am not alone and to receive so many wonderful words of encouragement. 

Humility is one of two virtues (the other is creativity) which I am also studying over at Everyday Bliss. If you are interested in hearing more about my process and or just would like to delve a little deeper into this all important virtue I suggest a little visit to Everyday Bliss. Over there I come up with initiatives, which if practiced, will hopefully help me experience more humility.

The initiative that seems particularly appropriate from a parenting perspective is

  • Give Up Trying to Change Other People - If your husband leaves the cap off the toothpaste just put it on without berating him. If your mom insists on bringing food even when you asked her not to, say thank you and resist the urge to complain. Pass over the mistakes of others and accept being slighted, forgotten, and disliked. Let's give up trying to force our will upon others (even when we know it would be good for them!)

I realize as I consider this virtue that a lot of my potty training tactics have been more in line with trying to force The Girl to my will. This does not mean I shouldn't be encouraging her or doing what I can to help her master this essential skill but it does mean that I should try to approach things from her point of view and be careful that I never shame her no matter how it is going.  

I really don't know exactly what this looks like but since my other attempts have so far not worked very well I figure this is worth a try. I'll let you know how it is going in a couple of weeks. I have no intention of this becoming the "potty blog"  -- we have my friend Stephanie at The Scoop on Poop for that! -- but I certainly do welcome any other words of encouragement any of you care to share!

Next Post: A giveaway invitation... head over to Everyday Bliss here if you want to get a head start!

My Thirteen Virtues of Great Parenting are:
Fun, Discipline, Creativity, Love, Wonder, Listening, Curiosity,Compassion, Trust, Acceptance, Empowerment, Humility and Flexibility

This week is all about Humility. Next week we tackle Flexibility.

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