I don’t know what I did to deserve my little Boss Baby Brody, but I’m grateful every day that he somehow came to me. This tiny human has taught me more than I think I’ll ever be able to teach him. All I did was give him a pair of dance shoes—and somehow he changed the world. I know that sounds over-the-top, but he really did. This big personality in a tiny package has reached people from all over the globe from one single video. But what I’m learning is that Brody’s impact goes far beyond his dance moves (although I’m forever wow-ed by those, too).
Making People Smile
What I love most about Brody is how authentically he lives his life. You don’t see any five-year-olds trying to be something they’re not—that’s the beauty of kids! They’re real! No masks, no filters…just them, doing their thing, whatever that may be.
It’s been a tough freaking year. You’ve got to hold onto what’s pure. And that’s videos of kittens, puppies, and Brody’s dancing. (At least, for me.) I think what impacted me most as a mother was seeing the wonderful response from people in regards to his viral video. Strangers, friends, even celebrities all finding joy from his joy. Feeling his happiness through a screen. That’s some serious magic!
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Keeping It Real
People always ask me how I get Brody to dance all the time or if he ever gets tired of dancing. The truth is I haven’t had to ask that kid to do a thing. For nearly his whole life that boy has been dancing wherever he can, whether a camera’s out or not.
That’s what’s so crazy about that first video going viral. It was just another day like any other day. He’s a happy kid who loves to dance—that’s it. And yet, it made such a difference in the happiness of others. I don’t know what the trick is, but I’d guess it starts with being yourself.
What I’ve Learned
How much time do you have? I could write about five books about all the things I’ve learned from my kids. But I think the biggest takeaway from Brody’s corner of the world is that you don’t have to be big to make a big impact. You don’t have to be rich and famous to reach thousands of people. You just have to be you, to love yourself as you are, to find what you’re passionate about and give it your all, and to not take life so dang seriously. Thanks, tiny human, for saving us years of therapy and making us so happy. And, as always, for choosing me to be your mama.
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