My son turned 5 back in June and since then he has gone from my little boy to my big boy. We are no longer into the same “baby stuff” we were before and have moved on to bigger and better things. After listening to Eric Church sing about what he learned from his 3 year old I have spent many months looking at all the things I have learned from my 5 year old. Here are my top 10 lessons I have learned from having a 5 year old boy.
- A locked door doesn’t stop a 5 year old boy.
As most parents do, we lock our bedroom door when mom and dad need some err… private time. But this last week our son has figured out how to put something in the lock to twist it to unlock and get in the room. Needless to say he was delouse mom and dad were wrestling without him.
- The floor will always be treated like lava.
While walking to the trash can might be quicker, it is more fun to hop across the couches, chairs, kitchen table, and counters to get there. Do little boys ever grow out of climbing?
- Kissing mom goodbye needs to happen in the car.
We are now too big to have mommy walk us into class. We can walk ourselves, but we do still need our hug and kiss and to know you will be there when we are out of school, just not where our friends can see.
- I am no longer the smartest person he knows.
What the teacher knows is always more than mommy. Mommy can not possibly know as much as his teacher. But I am ok with that. She has now taken over his learning. He needs to see her as someone very smart, so that he can appreciate everything she has to say.
- We are now the best at everything.
No one else can ever be better than him. He is the best runner, the best singer, the best swimmer.
- When a girl is pretty you have to try to kiss her.
We have developed our first crush. There is a little girl who now has his heart and “She is so beautiful, I just have to kiss her mom.”
- Cuddling can fix any problem.
If there is an attitude problem, a fight, or we just don’t feel right, cuddling can fix the problem. Cuddling can make anyone happy again, get rid of anger, and dry the tears.
- Digging a hole in the mud can be the most fun you ever had.
He can spend hours digging in the dirt and mud and be more entertained than he would be by any video game. While mom is not too crazy with the dirt coming in the house, I do love the way he likes to be outside.
- Praying doesn’t need to be a well thought out prayer.
Talking to Jesus like he is right next to you and your best friend can be the most effective. Our little guy has no siblings, yet so for him he talks to and plays with God. I can not count how many times I have walked by his room and heard him in there talking away.
- Say I love you all day long.
If you love someone you just need to let them know. Whether it is someone you have known 5 minutes at the park, or someone who has been there your whole life. You need to tell them exactly how you feel.
What lessons have you learned from your children? Let me know in the comments below.