Jan Roberson: Savor the Preschool Years, Moms

SoupFall. The trees and the weather turn. I start to think about cooking again. Soup especially comes to mind when it’s cool. (Love those Pinterest recipes!)

There is a particular soup-kind-of-word that is on my mind today. SAVOR is the word.

If I want to SAVOR soup, for instance, this might be my definition: Slowly taste and enjoy the subtleties of multiple distinctly different components worked together harmoniously into a marvelous creation. However, this same definition may fit something completely different than soup. Generally, savor means to take in, thoroughly experience, ruminate, revel in….

What would it look like if we applied savoring to our lives right now? What would it look like to savor life with pre-school kids? (Yes, I see you now with a fussy baby on your hip and a screaming toddler on the floor, rolling your eyes at me. Take a deep breath–and another. It’s tough, but this time can be so much more than grin-and-bear-it years.)

Would you sit and play on the floor with your kids more? Would you hug and kiss them more? Would you get on your hands and knees and bark like a dog just to hear your little one laugh? Would you lie in a pile of leaves with your kids and look up at the bright blue sky together? Would you finger paint with them, tell silly jokes, and let them “help” you bake cookies? Would you be more of a participant and less of a spectator with your kids?

What would it look like to SAVOR life as a preschool mom? When I think of my time as a preschool mom, it is those savored moments that are impressed in my memory….
Cuddling on the couch with blankets, reading stories.
Piling into the hammock to swing, to talk, to listen.
Playing goofy games in the car on the way to Kalispell.
Having Baskin-Robbins for lunch with my 3-year-old son
Walking to the grocery store with my 2-year-old daughter who insisted on wearing a basket on her head the whole way and back.
Playing hide and go seek in the house and seeing a big lump under the covers on the bed.
Having my face painted by my daughter, a hundred baby barrettes in my hair.
Dancing and leaping in the living room together to The Nutcracker ballet

SAVOR. Enjoy the flavor of your life with kids right now. How will you do it?

Jan Roberson has been a mentor in the Bigfork MOPS for 7 years. She has taught in public and private schools, homeschooled and has been a private tutor. Dan and Jan have two adult children, Caitlin and Nathaniel, and have lived in the Flathead Valley for more than 20 years.

photo credit: Bob.Fornal via photopin cc

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