Teaching the Bundle of Joy How To Chase Joy.
I take this motherhood thing pretty seriously. Baby Joy Chaser is still pretty small at only 15 months old. That’s why I view most of what we do as practice. For example we brush his teeth (yes he finally has two teeth) in the morning and at night. Most of the time he chews on the brush and tries to cover his teeth with his tounge. So its not the most effective brushing. The important thing is we are putting into place the practice of good dental hygiene.
Just as I am setting him up for dental success I can set him up for success in happiness. Right now, at only 15 months I am doing things with him that will teach him how to Chase Joy.
Today provided a great opportunity. Baby Joy Chaser had his 15 month check up. He is 26lbs and 2 foot 8 inches. In addition to getting measured he also got three shots. Knowing he would be having a difficult and painful experience I made sure to plan something extra fun for him. So after shots we had pizza, a food he actually asks for now, and went to the play area at the mall.
Baby Joy Chaser had so much fun. He ran and laughed and made friends with an older girl who was so sweet to him. I’m sure his legs still hurt from the shots but his focus through out the rest of the afternoon was on the good experiences he was having.
Baby Joy Chaser is too young to understand this practice but I’m modeling it for him in my actions and implementing it in his routine. Whenever I have to do a hard thing I try to balance it out with an positive experience.
This is one of my strategies and an example for my son of how to Chase Joy. How did you Chase Joy today? Are you teaching orhers how to Chase Joy?