As a mother you hold one of the greatest superpowers known to man: influence
It's a scary thought to know that the moment your child is placed in your arms you will be the most influential person in their lives for the next 15 years, possibly ever.
As you shape, mold, encourage and guide your children, the days can become long. It's easy to allow the daily grind to cloud our long term vision. Let's take step back and examine the heart.
What kind of attitude do my children see in me?
Do I respond in weariness or joyfulness?
A cheerful heart is good medicine
But a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
Parenting isn't easy, but I want my children to know that I love being their parent.
If all they remember is my weariness, what kind of legacy will I leave?
I want them to experience life with a cheerful mom.
Remember that influence we have? If I respond to my children with cheerfulness, then they will learn to respond to others with that kind of attitude. Not overnight. But if I set the example (on a daily basis) eventually our home will be filled with cheer.
I've often observed moms who respond to a whining child with whining of their own; a teenager with a sour attitude with a bad attitude to match. What good does that do? It only tells the child this behavior is appropriate and acceptable. It's a natural response to react negatively. I often catch myself doing that very thing.
However, if I set the tone, I am being proactive. Ah, that's so much better than being re-active.
'Cause, I'm not good at reacting, especially when it comes to whining and sportin' a tude.
So let's work on being cheerful moms together. Are you in?