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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