I went to a parenting seminar this week and learned something… I just hope it is not too late…our only child is 18! 🙂
The professor shared that it is most important to lead by example.
Hmmm? Do I do that? Do I demonstrate the values I desire for her in my day to day living? Do I choose the right thing to do or say in situations that are difficult? Do I show love and patience and kindness and compassion? Do I find perseverance to stick with things through thick or thin? Do I stand up for what I believe in? Do I let the little things go when I should? Do I hope and dream for the right things? Do I fill my days with good stuff?
I think if I realized the value in my choices and decisions from this perspective more often, I may choose differently. I may slow down and listen and speak the truth. I may remember that she is watching me closely. I may choose wisely and confidently. I may doubt and worry less. I may choose joy more often.
It was an interesting reminder to live intentionally…I think being a mom makes me a better person! Even now…when my baby girl is 18.