Sophie turned four two weeks ago. I’m so glad that the terrible twos and three stage are behind us and I love her at this age. At four, she suddenly seems to be oozing with so much sweetness that honey or cupcakes would be a more fitting term for her.
I like to affirm her daily by telling her things that I love about her and one thing I adore is how she’s a beam of sunshine. In fact, she’s got so much positivity spilling out from her that some days she can be my biggest cheerleader.
On weekends, when we sleep in, Sophie is the chirpy one to wake us up with her morning smiles exclaiming, “It’s morning! Rise and shine everybody!” It’s hard not to smile when greeted by her and how she looks forward to having fun with us on weekends. When she sees me working out at home and dying from exhaustion, she’s the one who reminds me, “Don’t stop mummy. You can do it!”
Knowing that I’m setting an example for her to be healthy keeps me going. Sophie has a rather competitive streak in her and hates to lose and be the last. But lately, she’s taught me something that there are no losers. Losers are only for those who do not even try. If I look back, I don’t think I have been a positive influence for her all the time. In fact, she’s seem the best and the worst of me. That includes blowing my top, being frustrated (especially) when it comes to driving or dealing with arguments with Alexis (which we try not to infront of her).
And yesterday, I was lectured by her for eating her ice cream without her permission and she told me sternly, “I am very upset at you because you eat my ice cream without my permission.” Gosh that sure sounds like me.
For a four-year old, she’s a sponge, seeing and observing everything.
It’s a reminder to me, that I can’t tell her how to behave, how to react, how to be….because she’s modeling after us.
For her to be the kind of person I want her to be, I first have to be that person.
And how do I do that?
Simply by modelling the kind of behavior for her to see before I can expect to see the same from her. It’s not always easy but I think it’s working 🙂 How are you being a positive influence for your children everyday?
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