Yep, they are watching, this is so true. The good and the bad, if they see or hear it chances are they will repeat it.
This can be a pain when you’re a stay at home mom. If they say anything bad, ever, guess whose fault it is? Yep, that’s right, Daddy’s! Just kidding! It’s all on me. My son had a problem saying “no way!” to everyone for everything a few months back. Now I can’t recall saying that but I take the blame anyways. And a couple of weeks ago he dropped something and said, “deeemit!” …yeah. *Sigh* that’s my fault too. I just redirected him and said, “you mean aw man! Right?” and he was like “yeah that.”
This has a lot of benefits when it comes to accountability. The last thing I want to do is disappoint my children. If I said we would go to the park I better follow through. They count on me and depend on me to do what I said I would do. This has recently become obvious to me as my children are coming out of the baby stages and more into the kid stages. The accountability can be a huge blessing for being a better person in general.
When they stand beside me while I exercise and pretend they are exercising too. When my toddler reaches her toes and giggles. Or when I hear my son singing a song I taught him while he is suppose to be sleeping. In those moments I realize that almost everything they are learning is from me. How awesome and overwhelming is that?!
I see my husband in my kids all the time. The other day my son leaned on me and kissed my arm and said, “I love you mom”. It was the sweetest thing and I know it’s because he see his daddy do it all the time. Both of my kids hug me a lot all day, I can’t help but think it’s because my husband is a hugger too.
I wonder if God ever sees himself when he looks at us …
Thank you for these children who are amazing little reminders of your love. Thank you for giving me this huge responsibility and believing that I can do it right. Continue to help me, just as you do every day. When this world gets the best of me, remind me that you are everything. When I know who you are, I know they will know you too. After all, they are watching me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.