My Reflection Series features resources to inspire intentional and compassionate parenting. Each instalment of the series shares a photo with a simple insight, plus five links I have found motivational during my current journey as a mother.
My Moment of Reflection:
I sometimes forget that I am the #1 role model for my kids (or at least one of the most important role models). I’m with them so much of the time, it’s easy to just get down to the “daily grind” without remembering that my kids are soaking in every word I say and every action I make, and especially taking in every interaction I have with them.
When I see someone else with them, however, I have a reality check. When I watch the way my husband lovingly cuddles our daughter, or patiently attends to my son when he’s unwell, I am reminded that these are the moments that are making the biggest difference to our kids’ character. They are watching and learning from us how to behave right now and in the future.
If we are kind to them – and everyone else we come into contact with throughout the day – most likely they will follow in our footsteps. The best way to teach our children kindness is to be kind ourselves. In the small moments and in the little things… we can model a lifestyle of gentle kindness.
I hope you will enjoy and be touched by these articles as much as I have.
I’m the one who will believe in you (about trusting our kids when they communicate to us and responding with kindness)
Try kindness first (about interacting and responding with kindness instead of blame)
20 soul-building words for the ones you love (phrases to encourage and connect, beyond “I love you”)
Use your words wisely (a list of kind responses plus a beautiful printable poster)
The thing (in your head) that might change everything (our kids are just being kids, and sometimes caring for them is our most important job… it’s all about perspective)
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