4 Messages for Moms from "Brown Bear"
 I want to be a better mom than I am, with every fiber of my being. Increasingly, though, I’m beginning to wonder if “success” as a mom is simply getting your children successfully to adulthood.

 

But what does successfully mean? Does it mean well-educated? Does it mean being people of good character? Does it mean being set for a life of financial success?

 

And so I continue in my quest to find the truths hidden in the stories I read my children. The truths that will make me a better mother. I was amazed to find four core messages for moms in “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see?”.

Onward as I flesh out for you exactly what these were.

 

The world is full of vibrant colors

The first message that impacted me was unambiguous in the colorful illustrations – with so many of them being described by their color. It got me to wondering if I fully notice the beauty and colors around me every day.

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The truth is that I often lose sight of the vibrancy of my surroundings, especially when I’m feeling overwhelmed by the unrelenting list of things I need to do to manage my and my children’s lives.

And so, I have promised myself to look – really look – at the world around me at the beginning of every new day.

 

Things do not have to be what conventional wisdom terms they will be

The second key message popped out of just two pages in the book – the pages that show a blue horse and a purple cat respectively.

 

When was the last time you saw a blue horse or a purple cat? Me neither.

 

And yet, and yet. I want to believe in the possibility of both and keep an open mind. Especially when I know how often I’ve made snap judgments about people based on conventional wisdom. Often things – and people – are more than we think.

 

 

Moms should see their children as beautiful

The third idea was that the mother in this story sees “beautiful children”. My children are (naturally, I hear you say).

 

But in all seriousness, I need to look for the beauty in them – even when I’m cross. Even when I’m tired. Even when I’m frustrated.

 

I need to focus on the beauty and the privilege of being able to clean and bandage the cut knee, to talk to them calmly in the midst of a temper tantrum, to hold their hands when they’re sick and grumpy.

 

Children see everything

The last point to note is that your children do – literally – see everything. They also hear everything.

 

I am not going to be able to hold them to a standard of behavior that they don’t see in me.

  • Do I always say “please” and “thank you”?
  • Am I always kind?
  • Do I always share?

 

Can you answer yes to all of these? I’m not sure I can…

And if you’d like to read “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see?” for yourself or to your toddler, this easy link to Amazon will give you a handy short cut.

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