Keeping Modeling Moms, They Are Watching
My oldest Ella came home from school and was asking me for help with something. She needed me to make her a piece of paper with a drawing of a student and then do that same thing about 18 times. She was getting a little demanding and I was getting pretty frustrated.
“What is this for, Ella!?! Why 18? Why right now?” I said with a really mad tone.
I noticed the tears starting to well up.
She’s my tender one and I should know by now – that my frustration doesn’t help her, ever.
So, I calmed down and asked her to tell me more about this project she had in her head. She then explained.
“Well mom, it’s the end of the year. Catherine and I thought we could make something nice to thank Mrs. Schwalk. Catharine is doing one part and I am doing the other, but I need them all NOW!”
I finally understood and I was IN!
My sweet girl. My precious thoughtful Ella. She was doing what I have always asked her to do.
How many days of the week do I remind and prompt and beg and teach my girls:
Please look out for others.
Please be kind to one another.
Please do the right thing.
Please look for ways to love your friends.
Please respect your teacher.
I had a choice. To get frustrated with her bad timing or help her get it done. I helped her of course. And also didn’t miss the chance to tell her that I was BEYOND proud that she thought of this idea. I love her kind heart.
Do you ever get discouraged like me? We remind and prompt and remind and prompt to say “thank you” or do the right thing for years it seems?
These little moments of victory are so sweet. Don’t miss them.
Moms, these girls are listening and more importantly, they are watching, I pray that you will invite them into the game of loving others like Jesus. You can be the one to suggest it – even if it takes years. And one day, it’ll be their idea and your heart will swell up.
And remind them of the truth. They are good. They are kind. They are lovely girls. And they are making you so very proud. And Jesus proud.
They are doing something so right – probably every day. We are pouncing on the little stuff that is wrong. There is so much going right.
Courtney DeFeo is a popular blogger and creator of ABC Scripture Cards featured on “The View.” She is a graduate of Auburn University and has worked in marketing for Chick-fil-A. Courtney and her husband, Ron, are the parents of two children. To connect with Courtney, visit CourtneyDeFeo.com.
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