I started thinking about some of my favorite quotes and sayings for Candid Cuddles Quote Linky from Cuddle Fairy and it made me think of a few quotes my parents used to say to me that mean so much more now that I'm a parent.
The one that stands out for me right now is:
|Why yes, that IS butter covering my toddler.|
Don't Sweat the Small Stuff.... And It's All Small Stuff!
My parents used to say this when I was a kid (I think my dad had a book by that name) and it has always been helpful to me. It helps you keep things in perspective when things are going wrong or when you're having a bad day. I know it was especially helpful for me as an angsty teen and early twenty-ish something, and I needed some perspective.
And of course - it now comes in handy VERY often as a parent! There are so many ups and downs as a parent, and life with a baby or toddler (and I can imagine older kids, tweens, teenagers...) is full of stressful stressful situations. Sometimes it's easy to let the craziness get to you - particularly if you've had a bad day at work or have been cooped up with a cranky toddler all day. The straw that breaks the camel's back is the soda your kid knocks over onto the new carpet or the "butter incident."
Sometimes your toddler gets his hands on the tub of butter and proceeds to grab handfuls of it like it's Playdoh and smear it all over himself, his high chair and the floor! (See photo above) And it's okay. It's small stuff. Butter can be cleaned up (though you will still find it in the crevices of that chair for weeks) and clothes can be washed. When things like that happen (because there are going to be countless examples) sometimes you just have to shake it off and laugh. Because in the grand scheme of things these are small things and life is still full of those ups. And it could always be worse...
If you want other useful, inspirational and/or funny quotes, check out the CandidCuddles quotes linky: