Lessons we were reminded of from our 6 month old grandson as he spent his first “overnight” with Grandma and Grandpa:
1. Know your priorities. “Self” comes first! Sometimes we get so caught up in taking care of everyone else, ‘we’ get lost in the shuffle!
2. Know your needs – take care of them ASAP: whether that be a change of close appropriate for the need, food for nourishment, hugs for happiness or naps WHENEVER you KNOW you need them, preferably before you resort to tears. Rubbing eyes and finding your fingers works well! If you don’t let someone knows of your needs, who will?
3. Know who the IMPORTANT people are in your life, and make them a priority: “MAMA, DAD, Wrigley (my dog), Grandpa and Grandma’s , and don’t forget my giraffe, moose and crinkle book. (AND: let them KNOW they are special!! Even a smile or coy giggle works wonders!)
4. It’s ok to get messy: ESPECIALLY when sweet potatoes are involved! Who cares if you have a couple people get messy with you, in the process – it’s NOT life-threatening!! (And besides tasting good, we won’t melt with a little clean-up! )
5. A good night’s sleep (try 11 hours straight – it works wonders!) makes for a bright eyed and bushy tail morning!
6. You can never smile enough, be hugged enough, snuggle enough or play enough.
7. When you are having fun, the time goes too fast, so enjoy each moment and take photos! Life is too short!! Play hard!! Have FUN!
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Care Tuk is a nationally known speaker, educator, and retreat/workshop leader. She has been a school, hospital, and home health occupational therapist for more than 30 years. She has been named as a Top Business Woman in America and recognized for her work with youth, disability outreach and awareness, and the American Cancer Society.