Three things I have learned from my three-year-old

Today is my third anniversary of becoming a mum.

That’s right folks, it is my baby girl Curly-locks’ third birthday!

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I am forever grateful for every second I get to spend with this darling, little girl. Our life together is full of tender moments that fill my heart with love and happiness. She has brought more love, sunshine, and laughter into my life than I ever imagined possible. She has helped me to grow as a person, teaching me daily about love, life, and myself.

I could write a book about the lessons Curly-locks has taught me, (God knows I’ve learned the true meaning of patience and persistence in the past few years) but today I will share just three of my favourites in celebration of her third birthday.

Dare to dream
Curly-locks dreams big. She will come to me with her beautiful, brown eyes wide with wonder and wave her hands around in an animated fashion as she elaborately informs me of her plans for the future.

‘When I grow up, I will be the Queen, you will be the princess, Daddy will be the prince, and baby Smiley will be a dwarf’.

I laugh. That’s my girl. Aim high!

And if that wasn’t high enough, ‘I am going to do some spins, some twirls, and then jump up into the sky, grab some stars, and sit on the clouds.’

Her willingness to believe the impossible is possible and her boundless confidence in herself inspires me.

Up until recently, I had lost sight of myself and my dreams were non-existent. I was caught up in mundane rituals muddling through the same old because it was comfortable and safe.

Curly-locks has reminded me of the magic in dreaming big and bold, and how exhilarating it can be when you follow those dreams.

Dance like no-one’s watching and sing like no-one’s listening
These days, the best days are when I get totally lost in the moment playing with Curly-locks.

We will dress up and play princesses, we will chase each other around the house pretending to be dinosaurs, and we will tickle each other until we are crying with laughter.

I have not danced and sang as much in years as I do with her now. We dance daily, several times a day. Crazy, silly dancing. Dancing like no-one’s watching and God it feels good.

Curly-locks has reminded me of how good it feels to be silly again and how freeing it is to express myself in ways I would ordinarily be too embarrassed to express myself in. I don’t need to take life so seriously all the time. It is important to let loose every now and then.

Dress like a princess every day
At least two or three times a week, Curly-locks likes to don her princess crown and gorgeous Wizard of Oz ruby slippers a special friend of mine gave her.

On some occasions, she has even chosen to walk around in just her crown, undies, and ruby slippers. Why the hell not?

DSCF0302It’s a lesson for me to not save my good clothes for a rainy day and to wear them now. Sure, they will get baby food and God knows what else on them, but I’ll be looking good while I’m doing it. It’s a confidence thing for me. If I look good, I feel good about myself.

If only I had some ruby slippers …

Me at 35 years and 358 days old

What lessons have your children taught you?

32 comments on Three things I have learned from my three-year-old

  1. Jodie@FreshHomeCook
    July 19, 2013 at 6:15 am (4 years ago)

    Wishing Curly Locks a very Happy Birthday! What a beautiful description of life with little ones – you capture it perfectly. They definitely keep us young – tired – but young! My 3 year old told me yesterday he was going to be a scooter racing champion – like you say, dream big!! πŸ™‚

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      July 19, 2013 at 2:15 pm (4 years ago)

      Aww that’s so cute! Thanks for the birthday wishes.

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  2. Lydia C. Lee
    July 19, 2013 at 7:00 am (4 years ago)

    Ah yes, we’ve had, I’ll be a professional skier, and if that doesn’t work out, I’ll just be a rockstar.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      July 19, 2013 at 2:17 pm (4 years ago)

      Just a rockstar eh, Lydia. Yeah, I suppose that would do πŸ™‚

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  3. Josefa @always Josefa
    July 19, 2013 at 7:15 am (4 years ago)

    What wonderful lessons to learns and a very happy birthday to Curly Locks! I think children teach us lessons, nothing else in life can. I am a very different person ever since having my boys. Love the dress like a princess idea! Society and its “norms” have so many things wrong – I think this should be everyone’s motto, everyday! Have a great weekend celebrating 3 xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      July 19, 2013 at 2:18 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks Josefa. We’ve had an awesome day so far. It is amazing how much they can teach you. I’ve learned so much more than I have in any intensive self improvement or personal development course. Have a great weekend too x

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  4. Pip (Bub Sweat and Tears)
    July 19, 2013 at 7:43 am (4 years ago)

    What important lessons you have there. Happy birthday Curly-locks I can feel how you are utterly and completely you are loved.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      July 19, 2013 at 2:18 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks Pip. She has certainly been very spoiled today!

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  5. Neets
    July 19, 2013 at 8:23 am (4 years ago)

    A big Happy 3rd Birthday to Curly Locks…here’s to getting lost in many more beautiful memories. xox

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      July 19, 2013 at 2:19 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks Anita. We’re making plenty more beautiful memories today x

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  6. carmen
    July 19, 2013 at 9:23 am (4 years ago)

    Life is too short to not live every day to it’s fullest, laugh at every opportunity and forgive. The lesson my eldest son has left me with…his siblings get to enjoy. πŸ˜‰

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      July 19, 2013 at 2:20 pm (4 years ago)

      That’s for sure, Carmen. We have to live like there’s no tomorrow πŸ™‚

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  7. Jodi
    July 19, 2013 at 9:28 am (4 years ago)

    My little girl turned 3 yesterday! I can relate to the above, especially the dancing and singing, it must be the age! πŸ™‚ Happy birthday to curly locks! πŸ™‚

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      July 19, 2013 at 2:21 pm (4 years ago)

      It’s such a beautiful age isn’t it?! Happy birthday to your daughter. Curly-locks received a Dora boombox with microphone for her b’day so we’ve been doing heaps more singing and dancing today πŸ™‚

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  8. Seana - Sydney, Kids, Food + Travel
    July 19, 2013 at 11:04 am (4 years ago)

    Lovely to read. there are a million lesson to learn. My main one is patience, I am learning this still… daily… been a mum for 16 years and still learning…

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      July 19, 2013 at 2:22 pm (4 years ago)

      Wow, yes patience is a big one. I can imagine it could get even trickier with teenagers :/

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  9. Sam Stone
    July 19, 2013 at 11:32 am (4 years ago)

    It is amazing what kids teach you. I definitely think patience. I am also a great negotiator now πŸ™‚

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      July 19, 2013 at 2:23 pm (4 years ago)

      Ooh that’s a good one, Sam. I never thought of that one. I guess I’m getting pretty good at that too!

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  10. Lisa@RandomActsOfZen
    July 19, 2013 at 12:46 pm (4 years ago)

    Big happy birthday to Curly Locks! I love how they dance and sing whenever the mood takes them, Renee. I could use some ruby slippers too x

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      July 19, 2013 at 2:24 pm (4 years ago)

      We all could, Lisa πŸ™‚ Thanks for the birthday wishes x

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  11. Emily @ Have a laugh on me
    July 19, 2013 at 1:06 pm (4 years ago)

    Ha ha love that baby Smiley is going to be a dwarf – CLASSIC! My kids have taught me to slow down, that it doesn’t matter if we’re late, that there is mess and that shit happens! Happy 3rd bday xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      July 19, 2013 at 2:25 pm (4 years ago)

      Lol. Yeah poor Smiley lost out on that one πŸ™‚ Yep, shit sure does happen sometimes and you just have to roll with it. Thanks for the b’day wishes x

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  12. Grace
    July 19, 2013 at 2:01 pm (4 years ago)

    Happy Birthday, Curly Locks! There are some great lessons there!
    I love how my children have taught me that no matter what happens – no matter how much I stuff up, or whatever achievements I make – they will love me the same, no matter what.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      July 19, 2013 at 2:25 pm (4 years ago)

      Oh Grace, I love that one. So true. You have such a darling little family πŸ™‚

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  13. Wendy Parks
    July 19, 2013 at 2:27 pm (4 years ago)

    Happy Birthday Curly Locks! She sounds adorable. My tow year old has taught me all about being patient, and just how precious it is to love unconditionally.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      July 19, 2013 at 8:21 pm (4 years ago)

      It really is, isn’t it, Wendy?! Thanks for visiting πŸ™‚

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  14. Rhian @melbs
    July 19, 2013 at 2:33 pm (4 years ago)

    What a lovely lovely post, happy birthday to your Curly Locks.
    My little one wants to be a digger when he grows up – and who am I to stop him. πŸ™‚

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      July 19, 2013 at 8:22 pm (4 years ago)

      Lol, cute πŸ™‚ Thanks for the birthday wishes πŸ™‚

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  15. Zanni Louise
    July 19, 2013 at 8:15 pm (4 years ago)

    So many things. Love, patience, and so much about myself. Gorgeous celebration of your three years. x

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      July 19, 2013 at 8:22 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks Zanni πŸ™‚

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  16. Lisa Wood
    July 20, 2013 at 12:07 am (4 years ago)

    How sweet is your Curly Locks πŸ™‚ And I love her dreams, its good dream big! happy Birthday sweet little one.
    My boys teach me more than I ever thought possible, and every day is a huge learning curve. The biggest thing that they have ever taught me is to believe.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      July 20, 2013 at 7:51 pm (4 years ago)

      Oh I love that, Lisa. What a wonderful lesson πŸ™‚

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