Teach Her Tuesday: Life Lessons

By the time you read this, I would've already been hard at work for hours. Doing what, you ask? Let's just say I'm in a magical place trying my hand at some amazing and magical things. Monday brought a swim lesson and I realized that not only am I teaching the Frog Princess about sight words, books and science but I'm also spoon feeding her life lessons.

Today, I hope our experience solidifies the understanding that dreams do come true and that what she can put her mind to can come to fruition.

But yesterday, the life lesson was simple. She told me she was scared of going go swim class and started tearing up. I soothed her as only Mamis can. Then I hugged her while we looked at each other in the mirror and I said these words:


That went along with other words to soothe her spirit. About believing in herself and the definition of courage. She went to her swim class. And her titi Q tells me she did beautifully. Yes, she shed a few tears (I suspect mostly nervous energy and a bit of anxiety). But she didn't give up. And at the end of the day, I think this is one of the most important lessons I can teach her.

Don't let fear rule your world. Acknowledge it, respect it and then forge ahead and run it over with everything you've got. Trust me, it'll be worth it.

Any lessons you've taught your little ones that you know can't come from a book?