So tonight I wanted to watch the Red Carpet while we ate burgers on our TV trays. Justin (my husband... for those of you who do not know me) reminded me to keep my finger on the remote "just in case." Maddie (of course...my intuitive one) heard her daddy say this and then asked me why he just said this. I then had to stop and think about what I was going to say. My kids were unaware of the red carpet or anything outside of the world of "Good Luck Charlie."
This weekend I had to tell my kids what the word "drunk" means and what "inappropriate" means all because of outside influences. Maddie had heard about Justin Bieber from kids in her class. I asked her what she had heard and she was right on.
As a parent of a young child I always had the fear that I was not teaching them the right thing or if what I was trying to teach them was really sticking in their brain or most importantly... their heart. Now that peer pressure is beginning, my fear has become, are they choosing the right friends? Have I taught them enough to have them stand their ground? Will they be able to say no? I know we have A LOT more ahead of us, but I still get the joy out of hearing my kids ask if they are even allowed to watch a certain show.
In the few years that I get to have my kids care about what I think.... I will cherish the moments around the dinner table. When I get too busy to sit, play a game, or even listen, I am making a mark on my kid's life. They remember. They remember when mommy was stressed and I asked them to play hide and go seek...just to escape reality. They remember when I had a CRAZY day of work and I sprayed them with the outside hose in their uniform just to have fun!
Cherish the moments around the dinner table. When the appropriate age... begin to tell the truth to the point that they can handle it. Tonight, it was funny to hear their sweet, innocent voices say, while watching the red carpet... "what is he wearing?" I just hope and pray that it sticks. They need to know what matters most and hopefully, not turn into their mom who unfortunately, wanted the approval of everyone else.
My repurpose for today: Cherish the dinner time table talks.
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