How very much our children learn from us. Not necessarily about the things we consciously teach them... but rather about the things they learn from us by simply watching. Children learn how to live through direct observation of their parents and caregivers on a daily basis. They learn how to be...how to love...how to work...how to play...how to laugh...how to interact. They learn how to become wives and husbands and fathers and mothers...through our own actions. What a tremendous responsibility! But what an honor as well. What made my mind go to this profound place today? Well, I was reminded how much our little ones learn by our example just yesterday when Flynn asked me to help her with this...
The past few days, Flynn has been playing with her baby doll. She has been playing Mommy. Yesterday she brought me a piece of paper and a pen, and asked me to write the words she said. Then she proceeded to dictate her To Do list for today. You see, she was going to be the Mommy today. And she wanted to compile a list of things to accomplish. As she spoke and as I wrote, I realized that these are the things she sees me doing on a daily basis. Today, when she woke, she asked me what time it was. Nine o'clock was her baby's bath time. And at nine sharp we gave her baby a (pretend) bath. I watched in amazement as she recreated every step I complete as I bathe and help her dress. Then we got breakfast. And she made me coffee in her kitchen center. And we checked off her list. At first glance, it seems like a simple game of playing house. But beyond that, I believe it is actually an opportunity for a little girl to learn how to love and care for others and acquire the skills and foster the emotions necessary for her later in life. I am grateful for days like these. I am thankful I can play dolls again with my daughter. But I am also thankful to Flynn for the reminder...My children learn from me. Even when I don't know I'm teaching. : )
This is Baby. And she is well cared for. : )
Here are some photos of the past week in our cozy home...
Flynn was invited by her Bestie...and cousin...Cambree to see Cinderella! They had the best time, and I am so thankful to my niece Audra for taking Flynn. : )
We also went to the dentist. Yes...we do that as a family too. Here we are before...as I am reassuring her it isn't really that bad. And in fact it wasn't! Eighteen years...four children...no cavities! What's the secret you may wonder...I have NO idea!!! Other than we don't drink soda or juice. : )
I gave the mudroom a good scrubbing...but I didn't pack away these yet. I am well aware of March weather in Pennsylvania!
It may finally be sunny...And we may finally be able to see the driveway...but it is still freezing outside!
This has nothing to do with anything...except I really love pancakes on Sunday mornings.
We had a busy week...We also went to a Lenten Penance Service. This little lady was so well behaved as she waited for all of us...she had ice cream for dinner! My treat? A clean soul, of course? OK...and a Cappuccino Crunch cone too. : )
Have a wonderful weekend, my friends!
The days are getting longer...Enjoy!