Working Hard and Loving Well: Lessons From My Five Year Old

The other day was my son’s turn to be the leader at school. He’s five and in Pre-K, so being the leader for the day is basically the equivalent of being the President of the USA for a day. 

He marked the days off of his calendar for the days leading up to that special day. The night before, he picked out his clothes and meticulously laid them out on his dresser, complete with matching socks and undies. He packed his backpack and sat it perfectly on top of his outfit. 

He’s typically a late sleeper, but the morning of his leader day, he was up an hour early and came down the stairs completely dressed down to his shoes, with his backpack perfectly on his back. 

When I saw him coming down the stairs all dressed and ready to go, I was overcome with several emotions.

First off, I was a little sad that he didn’t need my help getting dressed, and also confused because most days he acts like he can’t get his shirt on by himself. Hmm…

Second, as a former preschool teacher, my heart was warmed by how excited he was to have a special job at school.

Third, and probably most importantly, I was PROUD of how he was taking this role so seriously.

I couldn’t help but think to myself, what if we took our daily roles as seriously as my son was taking his leader role?

His job consisted of being the line leader, sharing with his classmates about his favorite toy, and bringing the classroom snack for the day. It wasn’t much, but in his five-year-old mind, it was IMPORTANT.

We as moms have a LOT of jobs on our plate each day. We quite frankly are the leader of everything every day, which can get tiresome. What if we woke up each day, ready to tackle the day and our special (albeit sometimes mundane) jobs? I think if we shifted our mindset just a little bit, we could make the mundane seem more meaningful, and in turn, would take our leadership roles each day a little more seriously. 

Keep leading those babies and those households, mamas. Even when you’re wiped out, snot stained, caffeine-deprived, and shower-less, your job as the leader of the family is THE most important job, and you’re doing great at it!

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Shelby is a wife and mom of 2 boys, Foster (2016) & Fowler (2018). She recently opened a real estate brokerage and is a work from home Broker who loves documenting her real life Real Estate adventures with babies in tow. She has a love of helping people and putting a smile on their face whenever she can. She never takes life too seriously, and can find humor in just about anything (even if that's cleaning up baby blowouts on her lap in the backseat in between home showings). Formerly a Heritage Hall preschool teacher, she enjoys spending her free time at home doing learning activities with her kids that fill the teacher part of her heart. If she's not playing with her boys or selling homes, you can find her doing home projects with her husband Jacob at their farmhouse in Guthrie!


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