Day 5. Post something that will help your readers. There were actually a few examples of the route you could take with your post. I chose the inspiring route. I love to be inspired and I love to inspire others.
About 6 years ago I received a little multi-folded pamphlet that was titled 100 WAYS TO SHOW YOUR KIDS YOU LOVE THEM. This was before the time of Pinterest and pinning everything, so I literally pinned it to a wall next to my treadmill. I figured it would give me time to memorize it. Memorizing the list was easy. Remembering to put them into action was another story. Half of the list was things I think as parents we already do and the other half was just a nice reminder of purposeful things we can do. As the years went on I would move the list around to different areas of my home. After about year 3 I typed it into my computer so that if the sheet every got lost I would have it (yep it got lost). It currently hangs in my office near my printer. Don't mind the wall graphics. This used to be Baby Girl's room and I left up the sticky's as I thought they brought a little cheer to the space. Typically I am at my computer when most thoughts creep into my head. Some good, some bad, but if I look at the list and feel like I am purposefully doing these things we are all going to be OK.
I created a list of 5 things I think are simple, but make a huge impact in our house.
My boys love to tell me stories and lucky for me both at the same time quite often. So much that now their sister has started to tell "stories" over them to try and chime in and compete. I try to remind myself to make a conscious effort to listen and ask questions, even if I have no idea what the heck is going on in the latest Minecraft book. If it happens to be during a time I don't think I can give them full attention, I have learned to be honest and tell them now is not a good time. Otherwise I get the "you never listen to me"! My boys love when I ask them to help me cook something and I enjoy showing them how to cook. As a child I was never allowed in or near the kitchen during the preparation of a meal and thus took til my thirties (eek) to learn how to cook. Of course displaying their projects. Who does not like their work on display? And last but not least keeping promises. Ugh my nemesis. I of course always intend to, but occasionally it just does not happen. Even though I rarely use the words "I promise", just telling my kids I will do something is a promise to them. I know my kids feel awful and I feel like I have failed if I can't keep my "promise". I try to be very careful in my wording when it comes to telling my kids I will do something. When I do fall short, I use it as an opportunity to show them we are never guaranteed but one thing in life. Move on and make the most out of each day!
I hope this inspired you to think of the 5 simple things you do to show your kids or anyone for that matter that you love them.
Tell me something you do to show your kids you love them in the comments below!
As always much love and blessings ~ Monique