The other day I was sitting on the couch and Luke walked up, tapped me on the leg to get my attention and then with a big grin said, “Hi Babe!” I just doubled over laughing! I know he got that from me because I say it to him but it really made me think about those little ears listening to me all the time.
As parents we (meaning ME too) sometimes don’t understand the magnitude of being constantly watched and listened to by our children. I completely understand how easy it is to forget (especially when a certain four letter word that starts with an ‘s’ and ends with a ‘t’ slips out of my mouth). Our actions and words never cease to matter to them. They are observing, learning, absorbing and imitating. It’s made me start to think about what do I want him to see his mother doing and saying? What impression do I want him to have of how Daddy Russ and I talk to each other? It certainly has made our household focus more on verbal affirmations. To tell you the truth, I’m one of those people that always feels in need of affirmations and for some reason the more positive affirmations I give out to Luke, Daddy Russ and others it makes me feel even better about myself!
Anyways, I’m sure I’ll have a bad word slip out every now and then but I’m sure trying! It’s funny how that little “Hey Babe” sure got this mama thinking…Uhh ohh…it might be time to start spelling stuff!
This is my sTORI being written as you read. – Love, Mommy Tori