I never thought I would have been able to bathe three littles, but now, lo and behold, I do it by myself all the time!
I think this is important because not only has it taught me about giving three children a bath, I have learned an important lesson about being ready. When the twins were born I did have confidence in my abilities since they were #2 and #3 but there were so many things I still had to work up the courage to do. The first time I took them out for a walk. The first time we all went to Wal-Mart together. The first road trip. The first joint bath time.
In the beginning I never could have believed I would be able to do this things, but as time passed there came a day when I felt “ready” and positive or negative outcome I felt ready and willing to give it my best shot. No matter what happened I was proud of myself for trying and saw every opportunity as a learning experience.
When it comes to our kids, I often wonder how much push is too much. While our children may need us to help motivate them and give them the confidence they need to succeed, how much do we push? I can only imagine how I would have felt if I had been forced into these scenarios. Most likely would I not only have felt unsuccessful, after the bad experience I would be in no hurry to try again.
Putting myself in the shoes of my kids I now think about this every time my son says he doesn’t want to try something new. If he is not ready, who am I to tell him that he is? I know I wouldn’t appreciate it. While it can be frustrating at times (although mostly okay since my son is very independent and usually does things before I think he’s ready) I have learned a valuable lesson about walking in his shoes and I am less forceful with him about those things.
We are all ready when we are ready. It’s just something we just know, a feeling inside.
In the meantime, enjoy the fun bath time pics 🙂 I usually do all three at once, but so I could have a free hand to take pics I limited it to two at a time.