Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Best Kids in the World

I've said this before, but I truly believe I have been blessed with the sweetest girl in the entire universe as my daughter. I have always had this suspicion, and it is a scary thing to put out there, because of course everyone always thinks you're "prejudiced" when it comes to talking about your children. However, this is my blog, so I can say whatever I want about my little darlings, right? And in recent weeks, I have had several people come up to me and tell me how much they love my daughter, and how kind and caring and sweet she is. And it is so wonderful to hear those things about her, because it means that she is being the best version of herself that she can be, even when I'm not there to monitor her behavior, and that's a big deal. She is a treasure from the heavens, and has been from the very moment I found out I was pregnant with her. Sometimes I wish I could go back in time to redo parts of my parenting with her, because I know I have been too hard on her at times. Truly, she is everything I ever dreamed of having in a daughter, and I hope she always stays true to her selfless nature. If she never changes, it will be a blessing to the world, believe me.

Both of my children are treasures, and Britt is just as sweet and kind, only in a more masculine way. My mom and I were talking about my B's the other day, and she said she is so glad they are compassionate toward others. And truly, they do care about other people, which is a skill most adults don't possess.

Allow me to share a couple of examples of their compassion for others...

A couple of weeks ago, Brailey noticed her friend Henry was crying at school because he never gets a bouncy ball to play with at recess, and so she gave him her bouncy ball. She said to me, "It was hard for me to give it to him, because I really wanted to play with it, too, but it made me feel good to do it, and Henry was happy." She got a star for that simple kindness...

Britt and I were having snuggle time after school one day last week, and I said to him, "I love you so much! You are just the best kid in the whole wide world!" And then I corrected myself, and said, "Well, I mean the best boy in the whole world..." And Britt said, "Yah, I know. You can't say "kid," because that would be leaving Brailey out, and that wouldn't be nice, because she's the best girl in the world." I said, "Yes, exactly right! But you are the best boy." And he agreed, "Yah, I am." I love that moment...

When we were getting ready for Brailey's Fiesta concert, I said to both of my kiddos, "You guys are so special! Thanks for being so good." And Brailey said, "Well, we aren't good all the time." And then Britt said, "Yah, but Mom does think we're the best kids in the world!"

I'm glad they know how much I think of them, because they deserve to know they are special. I won't get on my soap box again about how I think people are lacking real love and attention (which is why so many people are complete asses), but I do believe it is important to let children know how special they are. I think that is what we all crave - to know that at least one person on this planet thinks we hung the moon and stars. When we feel cared for, it gives us the confidence to care for others. Now it sounds like I'm taking all the credit for my kiddos' giving spirits, but I'm really not - I deserve part of the credit, sure. But the glory of their personalities goes to God, because they were born precious. I'm just trying to nuture their sweet spirits by making them my number one priority. Let's hope they stay as sweet and wonderful as they are now their whole life through...

1 comment:

  1. I just love what you said "When we feel cared for, it gives us the confidence to care for others." is so true - I never thought about it that way - but feeling secure and loved allows you the space to give love and extra care away to others that need to feel it - empathy is a powerful powerful thing - and both of your kids have it... I wonder who they learned it from?!!! Big Mama I say! I know! love coley
    PS TRAIN IN SEPTEMBER!!!YAHHH

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