Oh How I Love Thee...let me count the ways

posted Jan 19, 2013, 1:55 PM by Smith Moments
I recently received a few hints that my mind is quite distracted with all the pondering-on-how-to-explain-brain-theories thoughts running through my head lately.

When we came across Table Topics* question: "What can parents do to show their kids love?" during dinner recently, my 10-year-old said, "I like it when parents really listen when I tell them something...like one time I told Mom I'd hurt myself and she said, 'Oh, that's nice.'"

Yikes.  

A few days later, my 8-year-old daughter was still churning this question and suggested, "I know what parents can do to show kids they love them...they can not mix up their kids' names and they can put the kids' underwear in the right piles. Mine has the squiggly pattern at the top, Allison's doesn't...K, Mom?"

Got it. 

Jotting down notes to self regarding what should receive my focused attention this next week:
    1. Set aside distractions when my children are baring their souls to me so I can be present with them and connect in meaningful ways that will uplift both of us.
    2. Remember the name(s) of the child(ren) I'm talking to.
    3. Underwear...squiggly pattern...correct pile.

Looking forward to an awesome week.

*The link and photo appears on this page not because we have any affiliation with the folks over at Table Topics or Amazon. (In fact, I'm quite sure they pretty much don't know we Smiths exist...except Amazon does seem conveniently aware of my brain-book-buying weakness). Rather, the link is provided in case any readers felt a yearning to encourage the duplication of such enlightening moments around their dinner tables.