To My Strong-Willed And Sensitive Boy

By Ashley Patek

To My Strong-Willed And Sensitive Boy
My strong-willed and sensitive boy,
Laying here watching you sleep
Pieces of our day begin to chip away.
It was full of challenges.
Your emotions grew bigger than you, over and over again.
Coming up and out of your body
As constant force, yelling, and tears.
It was hard for you.
It felt hard for me, too.
Sometimes I lose sight of you
Under the meltdowns, aggression, and power battles.
Somehow I overlook your littleness
Because at times you seem so big.
Then you lay here,
Breathing softly.
And those limbs that were truculent today,
Rest easy as you snuggle your stuffies tonight.
It is here in these quiet spaces
That it floods me.
Your innocence.
Your goodness.
Your beauty.
Somewhere between the baby I once held
And a boy not fully grown.
A tug of war of needing me
And resisting me.
The moment is stripped down,
Us without the noise of the day.
As you mumble, “I love you mom”
Through your close-to-sleep whimpers'
I feel my fear drift away.
I know you will be okay, and we will get through this phase.
My not-enoughness momentarily quiets.
Just look at the miracle you are. How could I ever doubt you, or myself?
When I pause long enough to stop questioning,
And just take you in …
I see you, all your softness and edges,
And it restores me for whatever tomorrow brings.
Forever your teammate and biggest fan.
Sweet dreams, my boy. Sweet dreams.

•  •  •

Generation Mindful creates educational tools, toys, and programs that nurture emotional intelligence through play and positive discipline. 

Join us and receive positive parenting tools and support in your inbox each week.


Time-In ToolKit Bundles - Generation Mindful’s best-selling products bundled for deals.

Leave a comment

Please note, comments must be approved before they are published

Related Posts

Parent Children, Not Labels
Parent Children, Not Labels
By Viki de Lieme  It usually starts with a small thing. He hit his brother. He's violent. She spilled some milk. She'...
Read More
Creating Positive And Comforting Rhythms That Build Relationships
Creating Positive And Comforting Rhythms That Build Relationships
Our children might fondly remember the family vacations and the big events in life, but it is the daily routines - th...
Read More
My Child Morphed! What To Do When Big Emotions And Behaviors Take Over.
My Child Morphed! What To Do When Big Emotions And Behaviors Take Over.
Is it just me or does something happen to our children when they turn three, four and five? Like all of the sudden em...
Read More