“The way we talk to our children becomes their inner voice”
-> Peggy O’Mara
I heard the simple quote and was like “whoa, WHOA!”, I never actually thought that deeply about where my own inner voice came from and how we as parents are shaping our children’s. But it’s true, for better or worse it’s true and what a great thing to have stick to your brain like glue.
It also made me think how we, as parents have sooo many jobs (great amazing jobs) – but one of the simplest and best parts about our awesome parenting gig, is being the memory maker. We as parents are in the business of making memories: racing down a slide with your little one (don’t worry we are very very careful, I know there have been many posts written about the possible dangers of going down slides with kids), skipping instead of walking, a song you might humm often, a little saying only your family uses, a trip to the park, a family pajama dance session. All things that may seem so small at the time and like little moments that just fluttered by, but those small things are the things that become big memories later. I know that’s how it is for me, sometimes I think back and remember the car trip to a vacation rather than the vacation – not that the vacation itself wasn’t special but the small things we did as a family on the car trip just stuck like glue. Or how we had to wake up extra early to rush everyone to daycare before my Mom had to be at work, I’m sure stressful at the time but it puts a giant smile on my face now. Or how my Dad used to hold our hands and skip with such bounce and vigor, pretty sure as I got older I was crazy embarrassed by it, but now? All smiles. I am so thankful for the memories my parents made for me – and I am so excited and honored to be the maker (well one of the makers) of memories for my own kids.