My children are helping out this morning and even showing their two year old brother how to do some of the chores.Â I would like to take all the credit and say itâ€™s the amazing upbringing that I have been giving them these last ten years.Â The truth is, yesterday I was wondering who they were and why they wouldnâ€™t listen to me.
To really keep me on my toes, my children behave in particularly good ways when Iâ€™m not present.Â I canâ€™t tell you the number of times that I have had teachers tell me what a delight they are to have in class (especially when they are in SEPARATE classes).
Maybe their attitudes this morning has more to do with my attitude this morning than I realize.Â I havenâ€™t yelled or ordered or threatened once (granted itâ€™s only 40 minutes into the morning).Â The key could be as simple as having a positive, uplifting attitude in order to beget a positive, uplifting attitude.
Maybe they are listening to me because I am listening to them and taking time to do the things that are important to them (like looking at a moth on the porch).
My kids arenâ€™t really all that different from me.Â I respond better when people are nice.Â Â It makes it easier to do what I need to do when I know people will appreciate it and help me along the way.Â Â Now, if I could just remember to treat others the way I want to be treated then the day should go just fine.