So I realized this past week that the majority of my parenting lately has all been correcting and re-directing and in all honestly just trying to keep little people alive through each day. As I was reflecting on this on my way home from Bible Study I realized that I want my kids to know that I am proud of them and honored to be their mom. I require and expect obedience when in reality I mess up so frequently that I don’t set the best example at all. That being said I really wanted to find a way that would just let them know that despite their and my mess ups I am proud of them and wanted them to always know that, even on the rough days. Often the days end with tiredness, rough attitudes, and frustration, and I am over that being how we end most days.
And so I decided to finish each day as I tuck them into bed with telling them one thing that I am proud of them for. As I was thinking about that I decided that I want to write that down each day for them so that as they grow some day they will have a journal or journals that list things that I have been proud of them for. And they won’t all be big things, so far its been some little things like “I am proud of you for riding your bike all around the neighborhood without crying” and “I am proud of how you played with your brothers all day without arguing”. I wrote a note to each on the first page letting them know that I likely won’t be able to write every day (because life happens) but that I want to write as often as possible so they always know.