We try so hard to teach them. Their colors, letters, numbers, shapes, reading, writing… We use flash cards, coloring pages, repetition over and over and over again. It seems to be our mommy goal: to make sure their development is always on track. How our heart soars when they surpass the “norm.” How it worries when they seem to fall a little behind.
I caught my son like this the other day, loving on his favorite stuffed animal–the one that is just as big as he is. I first made all the oooooh sounds, and then did what every good mom should do: took a picture. I put the camera down and asked for my own hug and kiss, to which he gladly obliged. I felt my heart soar, and then we went on to the next thing. I didn’t give it any more thought.
How often do we witness moments just like this, where our child is demonstrating love, empathy, kindness, and we simply look at it with a sweet smile, a photo perhaps?
It wasn’t until a few days later while going through the photos on my camera that this thought suddenly came crashing down on me:
Letters are good to know–really good in fact. But how much more important is the ability to love?
Dear mommas, we are teaching them more valuable lessons than we will ever know. And each time we see a hug, a kiss, a look of concern, compassion, care for another individual… those sweet ones learned it from us.
There are a lot of very successful people in this world, those who far surpass the common man in brains. But it is the Mother Theresa’s who make this world go round, filling it with love and hope. And your children are learning her ways by learning the ways of you. They are learning by watching a momma who gives her life for them, who puts their needs before her own, who breathes to see them happy.
It may not always be apparent, but they are watching, and they are learning. And each time they give that big bear a kiss, you can rest assured you are doing your job well.
So, keep singing those A, B, Cs, momma. But know, there is a much deeper thing happening, as your voice finds its way of love straight into your child’s soul.