It’s been a hard week, for many reasons. I have definitely wished for a hug or two. I dropped the kids off at their dad’s tonight and tried to squeeze them a little tighter to get my fill of their “cute juice”.
On my way out, their dad handed me a binder and told me to read it when I got home. I haven’t ugly cried in a while but this caught me off guard. The Daught has always had a huge heart, but the sass is strong in that one (who knows where she gets that) and we’ve had a few come to Jesus meetings lately.
The point of this is not to gloat that I have the absolute best daughter in the world (although… I heard the mic drop on this one), it’s not to boast that I’m a great mom, it is simply to say that no matter what you are doing, saying or feeling, children are watching and feeling right along with you.
Putting them first does not mean saying yes to everything, it means making their lives, their character and their future your priority. I don’t teach the kids to say please and thank you because it’s the right thing to do, I teach them that people deserve your respect and “please” is a simple way to show it. And I don’t just teach them to give that respect, I show them.
I’m not perfect, God knows I’m far from it, but showing them how much I love them isn’t just a quick “love you” at bed time. It is giving them someone to look up to, helping them feel confident in their own decisions, creating a safe place to share their thoughts, encouraging them to be kids and make mistakes to learn from, but most of all it is making sure that before their little heads hit the pillow at night, they know there is nothing in this world that could take the love their dad and I have for them away.
I encourage you to do something special with your little guy or gal this weekend. Use the time off to show them just how much you LIKE them, and that you couldn’t LOVE anything else more.
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