Monday, March 19, 2012
I have a teacher's heart, and there's so much I want to teach my precious little girl. I want to teach her to sign. I want to teach her to read. Sometimes I want to teach her to say "Mike Wazowski" like Boo from Monsters inc.
But mostly? I want to teach her to be kind.
I want to raise a tiny human who knows how to treat everyone around her with love and respect. Who takes care of other people. Who helps. Who knows that right and wrong are about more than just following the rules.
And you know what?
I'm doing it.
My 18 month old shares.
She helps me clean the house (you should see her with a broom).
She gives her stuffed animals to daddy when he's sitting on the couch by himself.
She comforts people who look sad.
She hugs everyone and everything.
She is the sweetest person I have ever met.
And I know why. I want to say that I'm lucky, but the truth is, I know that no matter how many things I get wrong, I am getting the right things right. She knows how to love and how to be loved, how to help, and how to give because it's what she's seen. Because it's how I live my life.
I used to worry about how I would teach her empathy, how I would make sure she never became a bully. I don't worry as much anymore.
In my life, I've been a good student, a good teacher, a good friend. I've done a lot of work that I'm really proud of. But my life's work now? This small person who looks like me? Makes me prouder than any of it.
I'm linking up with Charity for the Mother's Pride Carnival. What are you proudest of as a mother?