As parents we think we must teach our children so much about the world. We want to prepare them for success in leading their own independent lives. At least that is what I thought before I became parent. Now I realize it is in fact my son that is teaching me about the world. And you know what, these important life lessons mean everything to me, as they show me things that I didn’t know I was missing out on. Here are a few of the important life lessons I’ve learned so far:

1The beauty of nature

Important Life Lessons From My Toddler

2Being a lawyer is easy

Okay so being a lawyer is never easy. I practice criminal defense. It is difficult. The legal issues, the hours, and wrestling with what is at stake. But you know what I’ve learned from my toddler? It was just my approach that was lacking. Motherhood taught me to focus on my practice. Without delay, I get things done. Motherhood has also taught me to be sharp and changed my entire approach to law. It made me quicker, focused, and increased my ability to empathize with the client. And because of that, my little tot, you made my job easier.

3I’m addicted to my phone

Important Life Lessons From My Toddler

4Dancing is happiness

Did I dance before you were born? If I did it was not nearly enough. Now, not a day goes by that we don’t dance together. Dancing is the manifestation of a happy soul and is the quickest way to bring a smile to anyone’s face. As stated by Friedrich Nietzsche, “We should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once.”  I promise you little one, I’ll never again let a day slip by without a dance move.

5I’m a terrible cook

Important Life Lessons From My Toddler

6The meaning of true love

Before my son was born, I thought I knew what love was. I didn’t. I had no idea how much more capacity for love I had. My heart has grown three sizes. In my son, I see the future of the world. A future filled with love, happiness, and the future of our family. Who knew one tiny creature could turn me into complete mush. I wouldn’t change it for the world.

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Important Toddler Life Lessons

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Lawyer, writer, and new mom with a weakness for compulsive planning, red wine, and reality TV. In her 30-something pre-baby life, she thought she had life somewhat figured out. Now, she is realizing how much she didn't know and rediscovering the world through a toddler's eyes. Jeri is passionate about writing and connecting with other moms about life in general, motherhood's many challenges, and motherhood's greatest blessings. She lives in Florida with her husband, toddler, and three dogs. In her free time, you can find Jeri lounging with family, on the tennis court, or at the movies.