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The 3 things having children has taught me to appreciate

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The 3 things having children has taught me to appreciate

I recently wrote one of my favourite blog posts ever as a guest post for Naomi’s World which you can read here: Things I’ve Learnt Since Becoming a Mum.  It got me thinking.  There are lots of things I have learnt, but there are also lots of things I appreciate more since having children.  Things I never gave much of a thought about before as they just didn’t seem so important to me. 

Here are three surprising things I appreciate more now I have children:

The 3 things having children has taught me to appreciate

Time

I never really used to think much about time.  In my early twenties I didn’t think anything of wishing each week away so I could just get to the weekend as quickly as possible to party!  Now I just wish time would slow right down.  It’s unbelievable how quickly it goes once you have children.  I used to hear people say this, but not take any notice.  I mean, how can time move any faster?

Believe me, it does.  I assume because I am just so busy all the time.  Running around after two children, slotting school runs and after school clubs into the daily routine, managing mine and my husband’s diaries, finances and home stuff, working full time from home, doing up our house and garden, the list goes on.  There’s rarely a moments peace or a break to sit down and do nothing!

Time is whizzing by and I’m not sure where it’s going. I really believe it when people say the kids will have left home before we know it!  Bella is now five years old and I have no idea where five years have disappeared to.

Every season

Before having children I was only obsessed with summer, which ties nicely into the first point as I wished every other season away.  The sun makes me happy and it still does, but since having children I have learnt to appreciate the other three seasons too.

I now get so excited for autumn walks crunching through the leaves with the children and watching fireworks.  Winter is so much fun as we relive the magic of Christmas through our children’s eyes.  I am so excited every year to see their faces on Christmas Day and to experience all the festivities with them.  Spring is the start of picnics and lots of trips to playparks.  The kids love to see the daffodils blooming and blossom on the trees.  I now notice so many more things around me each season which I just didn’t appreciate before having children.

The little things

Children make you appreciate the little things and simple things in life once more.  Pre children I was a consumer who wanted bigger, better, more.  I was a party animal whose only hobby included wild nights out on the town.  I didn’t know what was important in life and I hadn’t discovered my true self.

Having children made me take an almighty step back and reassess what is important in life.  No longer do I need to spend extravagantly to make myself feel happy or important.  No longer do I need to be out socialising every night to feel liked and less lonely.  I’ve rediscovered my love of nature, unearthed my passion for writing and embraced a lifestyle of healthy living, all with thanks to my children.

What have your children taught you to appreciate more?  Let me know in the comments.

Related blog posts:
Proud mummy – encouraging my daughter to swim
Monthly family roundup – what we got up to in July 2017
Realising I’ve always had a passion for writing

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  1. Beautiful list, thanks for sharing it. I def appreciate the smaller things in life now, just everyday things like tea, showers, 5 minutes alone in the bathroom, driving in peace, etc. I appreciate my own parents SO much more now, it's unbelievable. #thelistlinky

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  2. I wholeheartedly agree with all three. I love slowing down (let's face it, you never get anywhere quickly with kids) and seeing the world through their eyes. All the little things that you would normally walk straight past without even noticing, they will stop and examine it, curiosity taking over. It makes you look at the world differently and notice beauty in the simplest of things. #TheListLinky

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  3. Ashleigh Allan

    Definately the little things. Great point about the seasons too

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  4. With teenagers I can look back and also wish for more time; time for cuddles with my children when they were small,time to relive certain key moments etc. I miss my children being small sometimes! However being a mum has also made me appreciate myself as a human, it has made me see that I have done ok! It also has helped me see that my mum did ok too! Lovely reflective post. Thankyou for sharing and enjoy your little ones. #brillblogposts

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  5. I totally agree with you - I definitely appreciate time more now

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  6. I've always loved the thought of reliving your special childhood moments through the eyes of your children, it's so magical how life just brings that new perspective back again! Fab post!

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