Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Smile! Your Children Are Watching
During a recent school day, my youngest student caught me off-guard during a particular difficult teaching moment.
"Mom, keep that smile on your face!", he shouted.
I stopped what I was doing and kept the smile.
He smiled back at me and said, "I think I know why some people have a smile on their face ALL the time...."
"It's because they don't have children."
While his little observation initially made me laugh, it's given me something to think about since then.
How often do my children see me smiling? So easily I share my grin with a friend or even a complete stranger out of kindness, but not as often with those I love.
Does my face reveal the contentment and joy that fills me on the inside? Sadly, probably not nearly enough.
This has left me wondering how often my children see me happy and know that I feel blessed to be their mom. Too often I am preoccupied with so many things and tasks and demands of daily living. I think that I easily wear that on my face and forget to crack a smile. Worry and anxiety quickly stomp out the true happiness that fills me on the inside.
My son ought to know that children are the light of the household. Children do bring joy and smiles to life. They are a blessing. MY children are all of those things to me and MY house. As his mom I need to remind him of that and show him, even if by a simple smile.
When I least expect it, my children may be watching and gauging the happiness of our household by the smile or furrowed brow that I display. Let my children never wonder if our family is truly happy or if mom and dad love being their parents. A simple smile on my face should be able to reassure them.
In addition to many hugs and 'I love you', what an easy and simple gift I can afford to give them every day.
'Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.' -Mother Teresa