Sunday, February 14, 2016

Saying 'I Love You' Without Actually Saying It [MOMLIFE]

My toddler said this to me the other day and it felt even better than 'I love you'.

She said this right when we got into the bathroom and were about to brush teeth before bed. I had just spent the entire day with her, as I took her to a museum in the city-- a rare treat and one to remember. 

The way she said it was unanticipated and matter-of-fact, as if it were any other statement. She had a great day and it sounded as she was both thankful for that and aware I facilitate that happening.

Sometimes we say 'I love you' to the people we love so often that the phrase becomes more meaningless the more we say it, even if we are more inclined to say it because we do.

Changing the way you say 'I love you' somehow makes it more meaningful because you think more deeply (or at all) why you feel the way you do. 

This all might very well be philosophical garbage but the love was there and it was certainly felt and no one even had to say it. xo

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Small Choices, Big Impacts On Our Children [PARENTING]

She saw a basket of fruit at the coffee bar and acted guilty, pointing and asking if she could have an apple. Honestly, I was surprised she wanted one and dubious of whether she would actually eat it but of course got it for her.

She jumped up and excitedly said Yes!, as if she scored a toy blind bag or something.

It's honestly been a while since we've had apples. Took me a second to remember it was when I was pregnant that I chose apples instead of chips as a side when we went to Panera, and that's probably where she learned to eat them whole. Typically, at home, we slice them.

It's funny how the littlest things make the biggest impact. Well, maybe this isn't huge, per se, but growing up choosing a whole apple would not have been a typical side order of choice in my family. But if you think about making healthy food choices when you're with your kids, it can actually be pretty significant in the long run. 

Same can be said for all the things we do with and around our children. Reading, exercising, watching tv, laughing, etc. The list goes on and on. It's not to say, as parents, we should try to be the healthiest people on the planet but this simply serves as a friendly reminder that we are significant role models in our children's lives and, as long as we are cognizant, we can keep or change the things we do. Whatever the flux, however, you can always depend on love to be the constant. xo

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