As a mother I am always trying to get my girls to see the bigger picture and to understand that it is not a big deal when their sister accidentally trips them or pulls their hair. Isn’t that my job?
I always think it is funny when I see grandparents with grandchildren explaining something to them and whatever the topic might be the answer to the kid’s question is always far-fetched. My husband’s boss said it best to me, “We don’t care if our answers are the truth because we aren’t trying to teach them something, we are just having fun. We raised our kids already.” What if as parents we took that approach? How would our children turnout?
With all the effort we put into parenting we recently have seen a return on it. Well some instances the return may have been defective, but nonetheless it was a return. Get ready to chuckle…
The other night I was working out in our basement and the girls decided they would join me. What a sight that was!! As I was doing some lunges while lifting some weights, the girls picked up whatever was closest to them and started in. Maya held a hockey stick and a window shade and Leah held a license plate in each hand. HILARIOUS! I attached a picture below. The success of this is clear, they understand exercise is important and can be fun.
The next return came when the girls were fighting with each other and I gave them the “Love your neighbors as you love yourself.” Leah came back to me with this “Yah, love your neighbors but not your sister. I love our neighbors!” She was quite proud of herself!
And last but not least we were driving to dance and Maya yells, “Mom look at the old car! Maybe he knows the way to the Pawn Shop and can trade it in for a motorcycle.” For those of you who may not catch the reference we are avid fans of the History Channels’ Pawn Stars. And yes the girls ask for us to put on the History Channel. I view this one as a SCORE!