All-day long

My almost 3yrs old kid wants to go to the store all day long. Wants to go to the park all day long. Who am I to say no. I understand. There are a few things I would like to do all day long too. All night long too. Some of them in bed. Ok. Most of them.

Love his enthusiasm, he can’t keep it in and bursts outside with loud shoutouts that will scare the neighbor’s cat. Some of the neighbors too.

The neighbors love him though. A lot of them just stop and wonder when we meet. Like they forgot all about what they were doing. It’s like free therapy to just watch kiddos smile and have a good time.

I envy them sometimes, they just get to see the kids at their best. Only the good times. The hard days and nights are reserved for the parents. Parents know what I’m talking about.

As spring is almost taking over winter, I too enjoy going outside with him more and more. When he likes to do something he tells me how many times he wants to do it. Usually something between 1 and 10. He will go on the slide 5 more times. He wants to go to his grandparents 10 times. But when he loves something a lot he just says all day long. He will ride his bike all day long. And I will be there watching him.

What about you, what do you want to do all day long?



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  1. I know what you mean about other people seeing the kids at their best; people will compliment my kids when we’re out in public, and I think, “You didn’t see that tantrum last night at the dinner table!” But it is so fun to see them interact with others. I think all the repetition is a helpful part of their learning process, too.

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  2. Oh I hear you. I have had the toughest day with my 3 year old. I am so exhausted but then she does such sweet things, I am like awww. And in another few minutes I am like No, not again😂

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  3. Oh man, I understand the ‘free therapy’ part. It’s sweet when others enjoy the presence of your child when they’re at their best. And I ain’t gonna lie – I envy that part too, haha! But that’s what we signed up for, whether we knew there was fine print or not!

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  4. I think it’s great kids get us out of the house and have all this enthusiasm. They can be frustrating and infuriating too, but I’d probably spend most of my time in bed if not for my kids 😀 I could spend all day long hiding in the bedroom, reading, writing and having endless cups of tea.

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    1. Yeah, most of the time I’d stay indoors too. But I guess it’s better this way, they disconnect us from distractions and get us back to what’s important in life.

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  5. That’s so sweet💙
    I’m not a parent (yet) so I can’t fully grasp the ins and outs that come along with raising kids. But I think their smile at the end of the day would make it all better and worth it💙

    Lots of love and cuddles to your little one 😘

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  6. I love this so much, especially in a generation where so many kids want to sit on their devices all day long like my son, my daughter is so active she loves gymnastics- sadly though they aren’t popular with the neighbours our daughter has adhd and ASD and on the 2 occasions I’ve tried to allow them to play with friends she’s gotten herself into a lot of bother (she’s 9), so I just keep her close by now 💖

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    1. I think a lot of people strugle with their kids beeing on their devices too long. Me included. All we can do is show them there are better alternatives outdoors and spend time with them outside.
      Thanks for sharing.

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  7. I have had my share with a 3y/o …..It’s fun in the beginning, but by the end of the day I am all exhausted, and they still have the energy to jump around and play 😂. I only had to take care of them for a few days.
    Beautifully expressed.
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  8. “It’s like free therapy to just watch kiddos smile and have a good time.”
    I couldn’t agree with you more! As an educator and a parent now of a 21 year old (my how time flies), I adore their inquisitive minds and how they approach everything as if it was the first time. Thank you for this memory and the smile your words bring…

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