What makes you happier about being a parent?

Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project, made a terrific short  video a few years ago when her book first came out. It was about how, when you’re raising children, the days are long — sometimes really, really long — but the years are short.  One day, while rushing her young daughter to the bus for their daily ride to school, she suddenly realized that instead of a daily chore, “The bus ride was it. This was parenthood. This was the childhood of my darling girl; this was life itself.”  Like so many of us – I am raising my hand REALLY high on this one – she was moving so fast that she was missing all the small beautiful moments that happen every day.

It’s not an understatement to say that my life changed once I started to savor and appreciate those tiny small happy moments I have with my daughter.

Making her “faces” French toast on a rainy Monday.

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Hearing her squeals when I surprise her by coming home a day early from a business trip.

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Having an impromptu dance party in the kitchen.

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These are just a few of the tiny happy moments I’ve had as a mom. But here’s the thing. There’s only one thing I love more than browsing my “awesome mom moments” collection on Happier — it’s seeing happy moments from other parents.

The crayons and glitter, the soccer balls and baseballs, the bath times and dinner times, the unforgettable firsts and wonderful routines — nothing makes the Happier community feel more like a family to me than snapshots of family moments. So I thought we should create more of them 🙂

Share something that’s recently made you happier as a parent as part of our weekly Happier challenge. No happy moment is too small and by sharing yours, you’ll be making all the parents — and kids of parents! — smile on Happier. (Please make sure to use “happier kids” for your collection so we can highlight your happy moments later on this blog.)

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