Mary Katherine “MK” Backstrom regularly shares the adventures that she and her young children have. She’s open about everything from potty training to temper tantrums and the things she learns as a mom along the way. Recently, MK’s young daughter, Holland, taught her a lesson about forgiveness that she’ll never forget. Both she and her followers were astonished at Holland’s wisdom beyond her years!
MK runs her own popular blog, Mom Babble, where she shares about the things that matter to her as a mom of two children: a five-year-old son Ben and a three-year-old daughter Holland. She offers stories of hope, humor, and spiritual inspiration on the site and through social media (she has over 200,000 followers on her brand’s Facebook page). Mom Babble truly serves as an encouraging site for moms everywhere who MK is happy to connect with and help. “These words are my journal, and I figure if I am honest enough, we can navigate this mess together. Maybe even help each other,” MK shared of the site. “Here I hope we can admit to feeling lost, laugh when a crib is covered in poop, or cry in solidarity as we continue to place one foot in front of the other, in this crazy phase of life called “parenthood.”
A Major Lesson
Per usual, MK recently shared a story of trying to put little Holland to bed. The mom vulnerably shared in a post on Facebook that the moment was ” a knock-down, drag-out bedtime hour” where she and Holland fought over her toys. “Finally, I put her to bed and through clenched teeth, I said, “I love you, Holland, but not another word tonight. You are going to sleep now. I’m done fussing over stuffed animals,” MK wrote. As MK turned to walk out of the room, she heard Holland call to her to share a final word.
“She was standing on the bed with her hands on her hips, too. Her hair was wild and she was using her arm to wipe her tears and snot away from her face,” MK continued. “‘Mommy,’ my three-year-old said, staring me down with venom in her tiny voice. ‘I FORGIVE YOU!!!'” MK was so taken aback that her little daughter knew what forgiveness even was and asked if she could explain it. “It means you were wrong, and I’m tired of being mad, and now I’m going to sleep and my heart won’t have a tummy ache,” young Holland shared.
And, at that moment, MK was reminded by her toddler what it was important to never go to bed angry at anyone. “I was taught a lesson in forgiveness by a three-year-old. It was a gut punch, too. And you’re dang right I climbed in that bed and loved on her,” MK admitted.
“Because to be honest, MY heart had a bit of a tummy ache. I’ve been alive for 35 years, and I’ve got to give it to her. She’s not wrong.”
Followers of MK’s site were in a state of awe at little Holland’s wisdom as well. “Love this!!!!! The innocence of a child expressing something we struggle with as adults!” Facebook user Samantha Tucker shared. Brittney Pearson admitted, “Omg I’m already a crying emotional mess tonight.” Leta Caron went on to say to MK, “This is so awesome. I wasn’t blessed with children and we didn’t adopt any but these amazing words from a three-year-old can and will teach everyone the importance of forgiveness. What a wise child! God Bless your family. My [heart] won’t have a tummy ache! I will learn to forgive! Thank you!” Holland’s words of wisdom are a great reminder to many to forgive even when you don’t necessarily feel like it.
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