I think a lot about my small people: Who they are growing up to be and how I can be guiding them. Am I always shaping them with the love I intend, or do I let life, impatience and my own to-do list get in the way?
Last week, I shared my Beliefs for 2012. Now, each week, I will begin to share with you, my beliefs about parenting. These are the premises that guide who I am as a mother and who I hope my small people will grow up to be. These are things to do with your children.
This one requires throwing cleanliness and patience out the window.
I Believe in Letting Them Try. I Believe In Telling Them I Will Clean Up When They Do.
I want them to make the effort. I want them to believe they CAN. And? I want to reward that effort.
This picture is my small people making their own lunches this morning. They chose to do it on their own. In fact, they surprised me with it. They made a huge mess. They licked the peanut butter spoon. We were even running a little late. But I loved it. Because they can do it.
And somewhere along the way, I taught them they could. And when I told them I’d clean up?