Sometimes my 3 and 5 year old have strange requests.
No surprise there.
Sometimes they can seem so grown up, but one recent request made me feel like they were growing back down. You see, they asked to drink from sippy cups that they found in a semi-retired status in the kitchen.
I was slightly annoyed because they certainly don’t NEED sippy cups! In fact, they typically drink from small glass cups, which is definitely more grown up behavior. I gave in because, after all, it’s JUST a cup and not worth the battle, and much to my delight, they chugged their milk from them. WIN for me & the sippy cups!
Perhaps the trip backwards gave them some thrill. Maybe they want to be like their little cousin and friends who aren’t even a year old. Sometimes you just need to change it up with your cup of choice I guess.
Whatever the cause, it was a good reminder that kids (and adults) don’t only grow up in a straight, diagonal line. They can grow up then back down, or simply plateau for a while, and that’s okay. Here’s my 3 year old, who still likes to snuggle after every meal. In this case, he wanted to sit on my lap after having ice cream.
As a parent, I’m the one who must adjust to their growth, and help myself to grow all-around to best support my kids, husband, and family as a whole. This is no small feat!
Growing up and being the grown-up IS tough stuff, so there are times when I have to remind myself to kick back, relax, and be a kid. See the world through childlike eyes and tip one back in my own sippy cup!