Sweat the Small Stuff

The saying goes – don’t sweat the small stuff. But at Palmetto Place, we think the opposite. We do sweat the small stuff because sometimes that’s what matters to our kids. Quick – what does your child’s bed look like right this moment? Fun sheets with matching comforter, matching pillowcases? Maybe a stuffed animal or two? Colors that match the room? A theme? Even for myself and my lovely yellow and white paisley comforter, I take that for granted.

A volunteer recently donated two matching pink fairy comforters and sheet sets that her very young daughters had outgrown. You want to guess who got that bedding? My two 13-year-old girls who had never had anything pink on their beds. They’d never had something pretty, with fairies! Something that matched!

Sweat the small stuff.

Two brothers were struggling to come to terms with their parents’ actions after both parents were jailed. Our counselor Jill worked with them to list what their parents did really well – good things. The top of the list? Dad made really good oatmeal. That was their memory of their dad. You can bet that those boys will remember that oatmeal for the rest of their lives.

Sweat the small stuff.

When your family goes out to eat, do your kids order off the menu? Do they understand how to read the menu? Not all kids can do that. This past week, I took a teenager to eat at Lizard’s Thicket. Who doesn’t love a meat and three? He didn’t know how to read the menu. He can read, but he had no idea what a “side” was. Or how to pick a salad dressing. He was embarrassed to tell me that he hadn’t eaten at a restaurant in several years.

Sweat the small stuff.