Friday, July 3, 2009

Recipe for a Happy Child

Recipe for a Happy Child

One part acceptance
One part affection
One part belief in him
One part unconditional love DESPITE the worms as housepets, dogs fed Play-do, and the whole fascination with peeing on the lawn

Mix well. Pray. A lot. Bite tongue sometimes. Thank God. A lot. Admire him when sleeping to remind yourself that he can be still . . . sometimes (just not when you ask him to). Surround him with people who love him. Kiss boo-boos. Show him the world can be a better place if we each just try by bringing him to the food bank and dropping off groceries. Count to ten. A LOT. Try that praying thing some more. Appreciate him just the way he is.


Melanie Avila said...

Despite the criticisms you seem to get from your barbie moms, no one can deny that you're raising happy children. :)

I was sure the Jonas Brothers would get a mention with such a prominent position in the photo.

Erica Orloff said...

LOL! That is his sister's room. :-)

Cheryl Kauffman said...

Don't forget the band-aids. Congrats on raising such a happy boy.

Robin said...

He's a lucky little demon!

laughingwolf said...

what? db with clothes on? amazing! ;)

zoewinters said...

How did he take Billy Mays' death?

Erica Orloff said...

Yes. Band-aids---and lots of them!

Erica Orloff said...

I'm a lucky Demon Mother. :-)

Erica Orloff said...

laughing wolf:
The rare clothed moments are documented along with the naked ones. :-)

Erica Orloff said...

I haven't told him. I honestly can't bring myself to.


Lauren said...

Demon Baby is starting to look like Demon Little Kid!

I love your recipe for a happy child. Sounds like, from the stories you write about your kids, you have it down pat.

Heather Gerry Kelly said...

Oh, Thank God. Someone else has a demon baby. That makes up for all the sympathetic looks I get from my perfect neighbor moms who have perfect little angel girls. Erica, I found this blog from your writing blog, and am so thrilled to have found this (so thrilled that I actually created a google account to post here). Thank you for letting me know that I am not alone. My demon baby (who is 5 now) is training my other baby (she's three) in his ways. And, in truth, most days I wouldn't have it any other way.