As I was washing out a bottle this morning I felt little eyes on me. I looked up to see Brooke staring intently at me. I wasn't doing anything exciting or out of the norm, just everyday life, but she was watching.
Watch...that's what children do. They watch and they learn. I like having my kids hang around me as they watch and learn. Many times, if I am not too much in a hurry, I will include them in my task or explain why I am doing what I am doing and the way that I am doing it.
But not only do they watch the tasks that I perform throughout the day, they also watch my attitude and my actions and reactions. This is what makes me really think. What do they see in me day in and day out. What are their little minds and hearts taking in? Pretty much every word I say and every action I make. I know it because I see and hear it in their words and actions. Both the good and the ugly. It's a wake up call when you see your child display and action that's less than lovely and you know that it is something that you have modeled to them.
I have a LOT of little eyes (and big ones too :) watching me day in and day out. From the moment I wake up till the moment I go to bed....I am being watched. And this morning as Brooke watched me with those childish, innocent little eyes I wondered if what she sees in me is something that I would want her to model. I know there I many times I fail throughout the day when I allow actions and words to come from me that are less than lovely. And that makes me sad....it really does. And that's why I continue to purpose to become a mom that I would be proud of my children modeling. Not pride in a sort of sinful way, but pride in knowing that I did the best that I could do, that I was the best that I could be.
Who's watching you today?
(and this is where I would ask Megan to take a cute little picture for me and insert it here :) I guess I am really going to have to get into taking pictures again!!!