As a mother of two little girls I am always looking for that “teachable moment.” It is my job to make sure that they are learning how to live life. I have to guide their path until they are able to do it themselves.
Little do my two little girls know that they are teaching me something as well. My life is forever changed because of the daily lessons that they are completely unaware they are teaching me. I am a better person and mother because of them.
They have even taught me to look at myself differently. Just because of the way they are.
Check out the top 10 things babies can teach you about self-image after the jump!
Babies don’t care how they look! 1 of 10Babies might get fascinated with their image in the mirror from time to time, but they're not checking their hair! They're just fascinated to be here at all!
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It’s Okay to Cry in Public Every Once in a While. 2 of 10Hey. Sometimes, you gotta let it out. Don't worry what others will think of you. Shed those tears if you need to.
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Make a Mess (and Leave It) 3 of 10Those little ones know how to make a mess of things and they love doing it. They don't care if their mess gets cleaned up or not. Make a mess, have fun with it, and don't worry about cleaning it up right away. You will be amazed at how empowering it will make you feel.
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Let Out a Good Scream if You Need To 4 of 10The only way babies know how to show their frustration is letting out a good scream. It's okay to let it out every once in a while on those days when nothing seems to be going right.
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Smile 5 of 10You know how cute a baby looks when they give you a huge grin. The way that they can light up a room and immediately warm your heart. Smiling is contagious, so let's try to spread it too!
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Embrace the Stain 6 of 10Babies aren't the neatest people. Try feeding them without getting anything on their clothes. Nearly impossible, right? Those stains on the shirt add a little character to their outfit. So if you are out to lunch and get a little bit of that salad dressing on your shirt, embrace it!
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Ride the Emotional Roller Coaster 7 of 10Ever notice that babies can be so happy one second and they next they can start crying at the drop of a hat? In some ways, we are the same way. Especially right after having the baby. Eventually babies get over it, and we do to.
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Fall Down and Get Right Back Up 8 of 10Have you ever fell down in public and just wanted to crawl in a corner because you were so embarrassed? Yeah, me too. But watch those cute little babies fall down and they don't let it phase them at all. They immediately get back up, brush it off and are on the go again. So next time you take a little spill, stand right back up with confidence and brush it off!
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A Little Baby Fat Isn’t a Bad Thing 9 of 10If there is anyone that is self-concious about her post-baby, figure it is me. I love that babies don't care how many rolls on their belly they have. Having a little extra meat on their bones is considered to be cute! So if that baby fat isn't falling off just yet, let's make the most of it and embrace it!
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Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff 10 of 10If there is one thing that I truly love about what having children have taught me, it's don't sweat the small stuff. Yeah babies cry at first if they don't get their way, but within two minutes, they forget about it and move onto the next. Let's all take on that mentality. Don't worry about the little things that go wrong in your life. It's okay to be upset about it for a little bit, but don't let it ruin your day. Deal with it and move on. Life will be so much more enjoyable that way.
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