A few weeks ago Sierra was invited to play at one of her fellow daycare classmate’s house. At first I was very hesitant – why would a parent want to pick my 3 yr old up from daycare early so that her daughter can play with her? Afterall, the kids play with each other all day at daycare. Unfortunately this one classmate is selectively mute – she doesn’t talk outside of the home. Sierra must make a big impression on this little girl as she doesn’t stop talking about her – at home. As part of this little girl’s therapy, it was decided that she should have some of her favourite classmates come over to play, to see if she’d be comfortable talking to them at home.
Sierra was picked up by this little girl’s mom and Sierra spent the afternoon at her house playing Barbie’s and baking cookies. She had a blast. After work I picked Brooke up from daycare, then went to the little girl’s house to pick up Sierra.
The family lives in an ENORMOUS house! It was huge. And spotless. And full of expensive furniture, and decor.
Brooke and I were invited to stay for dinner, and since my hubby is never home for dinner we happily agreed.
I felt totally not worthy. This family must be loaded – the mom stays home and has 2 kids in daycare – whoa! This is why the house is spotless.
As the evening went one, it became abundantly clear to me that my parenting style is drastically different. I get down and play with my kids, I don’t spend much time cleaning, I allow my kids to eat in the living room (snacks only – meals must be eaten in the kitchen), etc… All in all their parenting style is different – I won’t criticize because hey – different strokes for differnt folks, yanno?
But it really got me to thinking. It really made me appreciate the relationship I have with my kids. It made me appreciate my small humble, messy home. Walls full of pictures of the kids or pictures the kids painted for me. It made me feel suddenly rich! Although that family has way more material things than us, we are far richer. And I now have a newfound proudness of my home sweet messy home – it shows that I am far richer than I originally thought.