That simple sentence caused me to stop and think about how much easier it is for me as a mom to focus on what my children have messed up or how they are doing something wrong rather than seeing all that they do right.
Each day I have an opportunity to fill up their little hearts and minds with encouraging words and loving actions. This requires that I observe them and look for opportunities to praise the good that they do.
It is certainly easy to fall into the habit of nagging or correcting and often harder to build positive reinforcement into their upbringing. While times of chastening and admonishment are necessary, I hope that I will more often seek to catch those moments of “goodness” and reward them.
photo from morgue file