I have found over the years that I must be very careful to watch the tone of my voice, as well as what my eyes are saying, when I speak to my children. One day when I had just finished disciplining my 4 year old, and was hugging her and explaining that I loved her, she said, “Mommy, your eyes are still mad at me.”
How right she was!!!
I WAS still very upset. I had learned not to discipline in anger, but I hadn’t realized that my eyes spoke volumes. What did my children see when they looked into my eyes?
I am learning to look at my children through eyes of faith. To look at them as the Christian young person that God created them to be. It raises the bar. It helps them to see that I have confidence in their abilities and respect for them.
(I started thinking how much it would mean to me, if people looked at ME with eyes that shone with admiration, love, and respect!)
Is it easy??? HA!! What part of mothering is easy? But, with God’s help, I am learning to do it. And, it’s SO rewarding to see the child straighten up and act like a person who is respected and loved!
You know, someone should give out Academy Awards for this……..Whad’ya say? 🙂
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