Schroeder loves to be helpful. The other day he was helping me unload the dishwasher and he dropped a glass. This weekend, he wanted to plant these herbs with me, and when I turned around, he had torn off the the pull-away planter and dropped some of the guts on the ground. These moments make plain what parenting is all about. We slow down our lives to help someone else learn how to live theirs. It's inconvenient. It's challenging. Sometimes it's rewarding. And I think as we teach our kids, we find ourselves learning and growing too. As Schroeder slows me down this year, I'm going to try to survive, enjoy, and learn.