“It is my personal approach
that creates the climate.
It is my daily mood that makes the weather…
possess tremendous power to make a child’s life miserable or joyous.
humiliate or humor, hurt or heal.
In all situations, it is my response that decides
whether the crisis will be escalated or
de-escalated and a child humanized or
Sometimes I forget how important it is to have a minute or two or three to think in the morning of what kind of mother I want to be today. If I start off without intention, without just a little time to remind myself of my purpose, I feel behind the ball and reactionary to every mood, issue, problem that crops up. If I preserve a moment to remind myself of the bigger picture-that I am here to teach, to set the spirit, to create a happy, calm, patient, kind, loving environment, I can carry it through the day.
I think children feel the “color” of their surroundings more than adults. And children are at our mercy really…they look to us and follow our lead and example. I can make or break a day for them. Every moment is a teachable moment. I’m human for sure, and often tired, and more than ever feeling a little scattered, but those precious moments in the morning can center me and help me create deliberate mothering. I have to be better at making them a priority.