Have you ever found yourself saying the same things over and over to your children, only to realize that you should be saying those words to yourself? I know I have. Sometimes I really need to listen to what I’m saying and apply it to myself. Things like:
Life’s not fair, Princess. Anyone who tells you otherwise is selling something. It’s a paraphrased version of a quote from The Princess Bride, and I really should be telling it to myself when I get bent out of shape.
Everyone has to do things they don’t like. Like get up before the sun just to have a head start on the kids.
Do I look like Johnny’s mom to you? No? Then why am I always comparing myself to her?
No complaining! Venting is one thing, but do I really need to find more things to grump about?
Go outside and play. It’s a beautiful day – I should enjoy it!
I know you don’t want to, but you need to … change that diaper, wash those dishes, mop that floor, do that laundry, get up with the sick child for the 4th time tonight …
Clean your room! Seriously, how can I expect their rooms to be tidy when mine is the dumping ground for the rest of the house?
Work it out. I need to not freak out or stress about it. I need to just work it out.
Use your words. I need to remember not to fester, whine or feel sorry for yourself. I should talk to those around me and find a solution to the issue.
Be patient. Be patient with my kids, be patient with my husband, be patient with the pace of what’s going on around me.
Put your phone away. Yeah … enough said.
Listen. I need to listen and really hear the voices of those around me. I need to let the sound of the morning birdsong sink into my soul, and the chirp of evening spring peepers lull me to sleep. I need to let those around me in so that I can give back to them.
What do you find yourself saying to your kids or to others that you should really be saying to yourself?