What the daughter does, the mother did. – Jewish Proverb
I came across this quote on ModSquad Moms and immediately thought of my Little Miss. She’s fast becoming quite the imitator.
Sometimes I find it hilarious.
Like that first time I saw her ‘sweeping’ her crib at the same time I was sweeping the floor in our room.
Or the time I saw her ‘wiping down’ her toy drum while I was wiping clean her cereal bowl.
Or the time My Man and I caught her ‘smelling’ her pajama bottoms. Like we do after she poops to check if we could still put them on her or if it’s time for a change (which it is, more often than not).
Or the time she tried to feed herself with a spoon and missed.
Or the time she ‘combed’ her hair and ended up wrecking the pigtails I so painstakingly worked on. For. 10. Minutes.
Or the time I caught her trying to smell my feet like I am in the habit of doing to her.
Sometimes, it’s endearing.
Like the first time she kissed me back.
Or the times she tries to tickle me back while we are playing.
Or the first time she acted out “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” which she learned just by watching me.
Sometimes though, it jolts me.
Like the time I growled in frustration. And she growled back at me.
Or the time she tried to climb down from the bed trying to chase after me and almost fell.
Or the time she banged her toys against the wall because she witnessed me banging my closet door shut after one of her particularly trying meltdowns.
More and more, I find myself having to be careful about the way I act and react in front of my toddler. She is watching me and I need to make sure that my words match my actions because she is following my lead.
S. Truett Cathy, the owner of Chick Fil’ A says, “Don’t be too concerned that your children don’t listen to you. But be very concerned that they see everything you do.”
Every night before she goes to sleep, I lead her in prayer even though I know she has yet to understand its significance. Afterwards, I kiss her goodnight and tell her I love her. One night, last week as we were winding down and getting ready for bed, I put her hands together and I put my hands on top of hers as usual.
When the prayer was done, I kissed her and said “Goodnight, sweetie. I love you.”
She kissed me back and said “Pa-boo.”
Yes, she is following my lead and I hope to show her the way to the foot of the cross and God’s abiding love. Not just with what I say but with what I do.
Point your kids in the right direction—when they’re old they won’t be lost. – Proverbs 22:6, The Message