This is a sponsored post for which I was compensated. But, as always, all opinions are my own.
As a first-time parent, I was obsessed with Will meeting milestones.
First words, first steps, first time walking. Not only did I want him to do all of these things, I wanted him to do them QUICKLY! If he wasn’t ahead of the curve, I worried. Actually, worried is a bit of an understatement. In reality, I FREAKED OUT! The harsh truth is I’m an ultra competitive person and parenting can be a contact sport. It’s impossible not to play the compare/contrast game with other parents who have kids the same age.
And like an idiot, I fed into that.
It’s only with some time and distance that I’m able to see milestones were feared, and never enjoyed. And as a parent, that really sucks. I didn’t rejoice when Will said his first word, I breathed a sigh of relief that he was ahead of schedule. I didn’t celebrate his first steps, I lamented the fact that friends of ours had a kid who walked a week earlier than Will.
Even now, with Sam, I still get caught up in it. He isn’t saying as many words as he should, and despite Early Intervention assuring us he’s fine, I’m still driving myself nuts over it. Thankfully this time I’m actually listening to my beautiful and wise wife, telling me to knock it off and just enjoy everything.
I don’t need to tell you another parent how quickly time passes once you become a mom or dad. And once that time is gone, it’s gone forever. So as someone who already screwed it up once, do me a favor and promise me you’ll worry less about milestones and more about the journey.
The only milestone you should really care about is how much you love and appreciate your kids. And if you’re doing it right, you’re notching a new line higher and higher every single day.
Lest we forget, not all milestones are positive ones.
A kid’s first illness — even one that’s not serious — can be a pretty frightening time for parents who have never been through that before. I know that was the case for us. But when the kids get a bad cough, the first place I go is the medicine cabinet to grab some Little Remedies 100% Natural Honey Cough Syrup.
With the motto “less is more,” Little Remedies is committed to natural ingredients and no artificial flavors, colors, or alcohol, which means kids get everything they need and nothing they don’t.
They Honey Cough Syrup is a simple, natural remedy for coughs and sore throats, containing just three ingredients, no high fructose corn syrup, and can be used by kids older than 12 months.
We trust Little Remedies to treat our kids, and when the first cough milestone hits, you should too.