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Parenting specialties and the bigger fish

by Traci Schumacher on Fri, 09/06/2013 - 10:18am

Different parents excel in different ways. We all have our own specialties. Some are Super Creative with Crafts. Some are Awesome Cooks of Tasty Food. Some are Very Athletic and Sporty. You get the idea.

I have always thought of my husband and myself as Super Friendly Toward Nature and Animals. We love the natural world and all its critters. We have hosted lizards, frogs, snakes, pill bugs, caterpillars, and more. We have rescued lost dogs and cats. We even relocate spiders, catching them and putting them outside instead of squishing them in the house.

But alas! Recently I learned of a family who has taken Caring for Critters to another level. My daughter informed me that her friend at school has a mom who has built a butterfly coop, a bug coop, and a snail coop, among other things, in their backyard. And of course my daughter tells me this with longing in her voice that translates to, “If only you would build coops for me to keep critters in...”

My kids are currently collecting snails as pets (to keep for a few days), and I could just see it in my daughter's eyes that a snail coop is just what she needs. Who builds a coop for snails anyway? Sigh!

So there you have it. Just when you think you're at the top of your game and impressing your kids, someone comes along to knock you down a notch, making your child long for more... or for different at least.

But I guess that's the way it often is in life. It's a big pond and there will always be bigger fish out there. The key is to teach our kids (and ourselves) to be happy with what we have while still appreciating what others have. And that is quite the trick indeed.

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