Pick yourself up, dust yourself off, start all over again!

Babies fall down.  It's a fact of life. We just have to remember not to make a big deal out of their tumbles each time they happen. If we act upset, they get upset. It makes sense really!  How often have you witnessed a nursery where one baby starts to cry and then everyone else starts in as well. Sympathetic crying! They don't know why they're crying but they figure if everyone else is upset, there's a good reason. They aren't distressed at first, but if someone else is~ hey, they better jump on board.

The best favor we can do for our children is to choose to not shield them from life.  As hard as it is, we must allow them to experience heartache, heartbreak, disappointment, betrayal, and yes~ even pain in all it's forms...it's all a part of growing up. Quite honestly, the more they experience, the more they'll learn how to cope with the sad side of life which is inevitable for all of us.

So when they fall down and scrape their knee, even if it's bleeding, it's best to say "Whoopsie, oh-oh! It's okay! You'll be alright."  Remind them to "pick themselves up, dust themselves off and start all over again"...weren't those the lyrics of a song from the musical Bye Bye Birdie? Great advice. It's how we get through life. Roll with the punches and start all over again.  Life will punch us down but it's the individual with the fighting spirit that will survive and thrive~ Let's give our little ones the upper hand and teach them early to develop a fighting spirit. It will serve them well through life, especially in those turbulent teens and twenties when love can be so devastating and life can be very painful.