They hear what we say.
They see what we do.
If we say one thing, yet do another, they know it and they see the hypocrisy.
It is all being recorded – the good, the bad and the ugly.
They take it all in.
And it impacts what type of person that they become.
Are we a source of light, inspiration and positive modeling?
Or are we negative, frustrated and unkind?
For it is our day to day interactions with the children that make the biggest impact on them.
How much time do we spend looking into the child’s eyes?
More, or less, than we spend looking at our cell phones.
When the children try to talk to us, do we listen? Really listen to what they are trying to say.
They may not be asking us for an answer, but simply want to be heard.
As they grow older and more independent, the children may say that they don’t need us anymore.
In many ways this is true.
But make no mistake. They still need us.
And we need them.
For today, let’s commit to positive, healthy and true interaction with the children.
I bet we will have a better day.