‘Regret’ – what a sad-sounding word — and for good reason. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the definition of ‘regret’ is: to feel sad or sorry about something that you did or did not do. Gosh, if we could just avoid some regrets, “What a Wonderful World” (as Louis Armstrong sang) this would be. But relax, a couple of mothers have shared some of their regrets with us; if we take heed, maybe we can avoid making the same mistakes.
I quote one mother: “I wish I had spent more time with my kids instead of letting myself be so busy trying to raise them. I could have played games with them or even read to them, instead of always letting them read to themselves.”
Another mother told me that when her daughter was in grade school she always requested that her daughter be put in the same class as her daughter’s best friend. Then, when her daughter started high school and the school was much bigger, she could no longer make the same request. It was a lot harder for her daughter to meet new friends because she was so accustomed to being with only her best friend…she ended up being somewhat of an introvert. That mother told me she wished she would have never made those requests. If she hadn’t, her daughter would have learned to meet other children when she was younger and it was easier. The mother felt she had muddled her daughter’s skill of interacting with others.
Learning from our mistakes is usually a tough lesson. These were two very good lessons from which we, ourselves, can learn.
Thanks for reading, and keep smiling!
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