July 21, 2011

Mom's Words

There once was a little girl who followed her mother around all day.  Since it was a busy Monday, it began to wear on the young mom’s nerves.  Every time she turned around her daughter was right behind her.  
Finally in exasperation the mother asked, “why are you constantly following me today?”  

She replied, "Well, Mommy, in Sunday class my teacher told me to walk in Jesus' footsteps. 
But I can't see him, so I'm walking in yours." 

My words and tone of voice convey Jesus to my children on a daily basis.
If my daughter hears me gossiping, what has she learned from my example?
If she observes a critical spirit, what does that teach her about God’s mercy and kindness?

When our children were very young, we decided what words are not going to be acceptable.  
 Some words we don’t allow (besides the obvious) are:
Hate, stupid, butt
 Even though these aren’t really swear words, we decided that they were words that would not bring honor to a conversation.
Teach your children to use words that bring honor to a conversation, you won't regret it.

Keep up the good work, moms.  Be encouraged today!


Richella said...

Oh, boy. . . there's something to think about!! Thank you for writing this. It's especially good to read on a day when the temperature is supposed to be 100 degrees and patience might be in short supply. Bless you!

heartland farmhouse said...

I agree!
A GOOD reminder!


Laura Robinson said...

Great word of encouragement today, thank you so much.
I'm also thankful for communicating with my husband before the girls came along what words we don't like...the 3 you included are on our list!

mandi said...

Oh- so very true! Thanks for the gentle reminder!

Bugs and Sunshine said...

I needed this today!

We are having to work HARD with our 3 year old. He's got a little mouth on him and the training seems harder this time around.

Thanks for the reminder to keep it up!

Valerie@chateaualamode.typepad.com said...

Awesome reminder, which I constantly need.

Coley said...

What a great story. I don't have kids yet but I know I will need to remember this when I have them :)