November is a month for teaching our children to be thankful
for all that we have. This week, when I asked my 3-year-old what she was
grateful for, she looked at me for a moment, looked at her brother and said,
“I’m fankful, I da best!” This made me wonder what else she might be “fankful”
So here is a list of things my 3-year-old is most probably
“fankful” for in this, the glorious month of Thanksgiving.
1. That my brother is too little to reach my door
2. That mom is too tired in the morning to remember
screen time limits.
3. That mom and dad are terrible communicators and I
can probably wrangle a second piece of candy or more screen time out of dad.
4. That mom picks her battles, and wearing sparkly
glitter shoes and princess dresses everyday isn’t a battle she picks.
5. That I have a really effective, high-pitched
6. That I can usually outwit, outlast and outwhine
any adult who dares tell me that a ballerina leotard isn’t practical in 30
degree weather. What do they know?
7. That when I get upset because mom told me that
she can’t find any pink, purple, magic unicorns for me to have, people still
think it’s cute.
8. That my little brother doesn’t talk and can’t
rat me out for getting into the leftover Halloween candy.
9. That the excessive standards of modern parenting
mean my mom is constantly wracked with guilt and more likely to cede to my
I’m not saying I did push take that toy, but my little brother is too little to
say otherwise. So, that’s pretty awesome.
grateful to whomever advised my mother that I need constant kindness and
compassion, even when I’m screaming over the fact that my shirt has a small
thread hanging from the sleeve. Even if she gets frustrated and yells, I know
she’s agonizing over it.
for all the corporations who make endless amounts of pink, sparkly but
ultimately meaningless objects that I can beg for.