I don't know about you... but, I try to instill into both of my children values and morals. I try to teach them about responsibility, integrity, courtesy, our Lord, and so much more. For some reason the things that seem most important to me seem to be "the biggest" lesson in our home. I am one of the biggest OCD people that I have ever met. You would never know this about me unless you really "know" me...yes, I am pretty sure this is the biggest thing that Justin does not admire about me. I want tidy. I want neat. I want cleanliness. I want things IN ORDER.
I have laid out charts. I have shown both kids how I want things done. I have modeled. I have yelled. I want things done a certain way. This is a weakness....if you look at it a certain way I guess. In my opinion, why wouldn't you want a clean house? :)
Okay...so I want things clean. This comes out more at home than any place. I try so hard to exhibit these qualities in my children by demonstrating....
Lately...I have been proven wrong. I mean way wrong.
Another weak quality I have (if you want to look at it that way...for now anyway) is frugality. I do not like lights on just to have lights on. When we leave to go out for the day, the thermostat better be set to a certain temperature. I am one that has multiple apps on my phone for coupons and schedule my grocery shopping around coupons and deals. I have never vocalized any of this to my children...or so I think.
The other day, my youngest asked me if something was too expensive. He didn't want to go out to eat because he was worried about the bill. My oldest.... just two days ago, did not want to purchase a $12 shirt because it was not on sale. Now...let me just say...deep down....way to go! They are learning how to save! They are learning how to be frugal shoppers. But...
I HAVE NEVER shown them when we were worried about paying a bill. I have never shown them me being worried about the electric bill. OR SO I THOUGHT.
I need to tell you...all of you moms out there. I am sure a lot of you are figuring this out. OUR KIDS LISTEN....they know a lot more than we think they do.
Our kids listen to us! They know our body signals. They know when we are stressed. They listen when we think they are playing their Wii, PSP, Nintendo, or board game. Our kids are listening.
My kids have heard me. They know that saving money or spending money is a big thing to me....WHAT!? All I wanted was for them to pick up their clothes for their OCD mom.
We as moms have a lot on our plates. AND... our little ones...or now that my oldest is almost in middle school...want OUR approval. They want to know that what they are doing is what we want...even if it is subtle. They want our attention!! They are listening!
My Repurpose for Today : My Repurpose for today is to tell all of you moms (including myself)....our kids know more than what we give them credit for. They are listening.....MY repurpose is to make sure my words and actions show that what I am saying is worth having "little ears" listen to.
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