Have you ever watched your children play or listened to their conversations? Chances are you noticed a lot of yourself in those precious moments. Sometimes your heart swells with pride and other times, you are not so pleased with what you are unintentionally sharing with them (mommy guilt - I'm right there with you).
You have an opportunity here, a gift. A gift that will last a lifetime. You can choose to model your best self for your children. You can choose to model the hero’s journey over the victim’s journey, the high road over the low road. You can choose to live an authentic, empowered, harmonious life. You have choice. Always.
Your children are learning how to navigate through life by watching you. They are carefully tuned into you. Their teacher. For direction. It is up to you to model what you would most like them to see.
It takes a constant shifting. All day. Every day. Shifting into being the best version of yourself. Knowing that every moment is a brand new baby moment. Another chance to make a different choice. It's simple really - this shifting. It's just not easy.
It won’t be perfect. Sometimes it will be frustrating as hell. You may not see it until they are in their thirties but by reaching deep within yourself you are giving your children an immeasurable gift and the beginnings of a new legacy.
Little eyes, ears and hearts are always watching. Let them see what you really want them to see.
Try this next time you feel a reaction coming on:
- Notice what you're noticing. Awareness is the first step in changing a pattern.
- Pause and take a breath (or two or five). Pause to regroup and breathe to calm yourself.
- Respond the way you would like your children to experience you.
Fun. Flow. Freedom.
*Do you need help responding instead of reacting? Start here with this complimentary series of Life By Design Daily Affirmations. These affirmations are designed with care to remind you of who you are, all that you are capable of and how much you rock. (The first affirmation is the most important.) Enjoy!
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