Monday, December 15, 2008

think.

today's like, half over, but it's already been one of the most frustrating kid-watching days ever. two days a week i watch two other kids, e and e. mondays from 8-5 and thursdays from 12-5.
for some reason, today piper and the big e have either been picking at each other (ex: hitting, stealing toys, screaming, crying, etc.) or getting into mischief (ex: drawing on chairs, crumbling lunch into bitty pieces, emptying cabinets) all. day. long.
meanwhile, little e likes to be held a lot, so it can be very difficult to wrangle two toddlers while holding a baby. i've definitely lost my cool a couple times (see chair-drawing incident).
big e and little e were both ready for a nap (finally) so after they went down i was changing piper's diaper and as she was fighting me (again) i was thinking about how sweet and lovely she was as a baby and how feisty she is now and i said, "i don't know what happened to you."
as soon as the words left my mouth, i had this flash of shad helmstetter's voice saying how powerful our words are. how, essentially, each of us has a computer within and all of our lives, people are typing words into that computer. positive or negative, they shape us into the person we will become and how we perceive ourselves.
i realized, i am already shaping piper into the woman she will become. i only have five years with her to myself before she will go off to school and have others constantly typing into her little computer. the thought scared me and i wondered how many times i've already "typed" negativity, insecurity, or shame into her.
i need to be in control of my words, even when i'm angry, frustrated, and exhausted. i want to speak words of inspiration, admiration, and affirmation in truth and in love to piper.

this is my reminder.

16 comments:

  1. One of the great challenges of parenting...how to NOT screw up your kids!!!

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  2. awesome post Bethany ... THANKFULLY the grace and love of our most awesome God covers our inability to do the right thing even half of the time. :)

    Hope you, Seth, and Piper have a Merry and Blessed Christmas!!!

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  3. Isn't Chad the cutest?? Hee hee hee!

    Have a very Merry and Blessed Christmas, Bethany!! Love you!!

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  4. In regards to your comment on my blog...We don't save a single thing for Christmas morning...we tell the kids "We had to wait when we were little and when you are an adult you don't have to wait if you don't want." It seems to work for them! Lol!

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