Author: Suzanne Wirth
Date: 2014-10-08

Have you ever wondered what it takes to be a great parent? In my life I have had the pleasure of always being surrounded by children. My four children and all of their friends were as different as night and day. Throughout my years as a mother and a friend to all these souls I found a few things that always ring true. Laugh more, cry less, and don’t sweat the small stuff.

If only I had my future self there to tell my younger inexperienced self that everything would work out just fine and breath, I could have saved myself half of the grey hairs on my head and countless sleepless nights. I can remember the attack of the mom brain as it crept in beneath the shadows. Did I buy milk? Does my youngest have her tights clean for dance class? What time does the chorus concert start? Did I remember to put the leftovers away? I can tell you my children do not remember any of that. When I asked my youngest daughter what was her fondest memory of her childhood she replied with, “The water fight you me and Paul had in the kitchen laughing, giggling, running , and of course playing!” It was not about what clothes they were wearing or if we had milk, it was something simpler and almost completely innocent that made her childhood worth having.

In my opinion everyone should laugh more, cry less, and don’t sweat the small stuff. When it comes down to it in the end memories like theses will be what sticks out and what you hold close to your heart for an eternity. A person could smile for years to come on the simplest sound, a child’s giggle.