I came across this quote and I am reminded of an episode on Oprah where Maya Angelo was on the show.
She said, "When a child walks into the room, does your face light up?"
This question alone by itself is very powerful.
She went on...
What do your facial expressions show to them?
How is your demeanor towards them?
Are you attentive to them?
Do you acknowledge them?
Do you greet them with joy?
I was so convicted by her statement.
Everyone wants to feel cherished, that they matter, that they bring joy to someone else. Children look to us for comfort, acceptance, and belonging.
With the days frustrations it’s easy to lose patience with my kids.
I forget so easily how fragile they are.
They are so impressionable and soak up everything I say and do.
The silent things such as our facial expressions and the way we carry ourselves in front of our children affect them more than we think.
They are very smart and can read us for who we really are before we even speak.
It makes me sad to hear this question and know that this is not me.
I get overwhelmed.
I get frustrated.
I get distracted - - easily.
I know in my marriage, if my husband is overwhelmed, frustrated, and distracted, it shows on his face. When I walk into the room, I don’t get noticed. It doesn’t feel very good.
Children are so much more sensitive. We are all they know at such a young age. They look to us for so much.
I pray that I will change this part of me. I want to be a light to my children and for them to know the moment I set eyes on them that they are the most important thing in that moment.
All my heart,