"Wait, Mommy wait we gotta fix it!" Shmeep called out to me at the end of a long and warm trip to the zoo. "Oh come on someone else will..." I could not bring myself to finish that sentence. What was I saying? "Just wait I can fix it" Shmeep broke through my thought process. In that moment I stopped, of course we have to fix it, although it was just a broken rope gate at the zoo, when you see something that needs to be done, get to it don't wait for someone else to do it. That is what I try to teach my kids and right now they were putting my words into action.
I'm so glad I caught myself, I almost undermined a belief I so strongly promote. Parenting can be very tricky. Its so easy to get caught up in the moment and forget the overall ideals we are trying to teach them. Every little white lie we tell "say I'm not home", every time we forget to say "please," "thank you," or "I'm sorry," every time we pass a homeless person without even glancing at them we teach our children that its okay to lie, its okay to be rude and its okay not to share even though you clearly have more than others. We have to remember their eyes are always open and their ears can always hear.
I love my children because they require me to always be my best.