The Children Are Watching

barns burned down This saying lived on our refrigerator for years. In fact, I got so used to reading it that I forgot about it until a few weeks ago my oldest son posted this picture of his Facebook wall with a “thanks mom.” I was deeply surprised and very touched. It wasn’t a proper magnet but the front of a card I glued magnet strip and after seven years it was a little tatty. I posted it on our frig when we lived in the crack shack and I was working towards becoming optimistic and changing my brain chemistry via body work and talk therapy. I didn’t realize my son was paying any attention to the inspirational stuff on the frig. Sure he wrote bizarre and random poetry with the poetry magnets but it never occurred to me he was reading my inspirational messages.

I always thought that old saying: “Be careful with your words and actions because your children are watching.” didn’t apply to my kids. They are both like their mom and have deep inner lives. (aka they live in their heads) Besides, I’m just mom and not terribly smart nor am I extremely interesting when you are a thirteen year old boy.

Wow. It’s a good thing I managed to get my act together because those little monsters were watching me.

About Laura

When my nest emptied I moved from the big city to a little big town to tend to a ramshackle yellow house on the edge of town. These are my Yellow House Days.
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4 Responses to The Children Are Watching

  1. It’s amazing the things that our kids pick up throughout their lives. Now that mine are adults we have some great conversations about things I had no idea they were paying attention to. What I don’t understand is how “Pick up your socks” never made it on the inside!


  2. Michelle says:

    They are little sponges, aren’t they? I LOVE that saying…never heard it before.


    • Laura says:

      Fortunately as young adults my sons seem to be remembering more of things I did right. Versus when they were three and would explain to the whole grocery store what mommy’s favorite word is when we are in the car driving.


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