I was teaching in Bangkok, Thailand when the COVID – 19 pandemic started to kick-off. Living in Bangkok with my kids, we have decided to fly back to the Philippines and say goodbye to the city (and the school) we had set our hearts to… It was a very crucial decision to make for me and Manuel – but – we have made it back in the Philippines – safe, healthy and protected by the Lord.
Staying at home for nearly 7 months now, these are the 7 best lessons I’ve learned from my children…
1.Your children find their identity and completeness in you (for now). Enjoy their “clinginess”. As they say, your nickname is “Mom”…. your full name is “Mom, Mom, Mom, Mom, Mom”..
2.Toys and candies can give them short-term happiness whilst your TIME has a LONG-TERM joy. Expensive gifts can wipe away their tears but your TIME can heal their hurts.
3.“I’m doing this for your future” does not make sense to them. They need YOU. RIGHT NOW. To prepare them. For their FUTURE.
4.They learn more from what YOU do than what YOU say. I always tell Xristus to organize his closet when I can’t have neat drawers! It won’t work this way!
5.They observe how you respond to problems, stress, excitement, happiness and eventually adopting your language, habit and character. Liam, told me day told me “Mommy, hello I am speaking to you”.
6.The most precious thing they can have is your PRESENCE. My children’s favorite time is before going to bed… we cuddle, read stories, tell things we are grateful for and we pray together.. Listening to them means their opinion matters, your all-eyes-on them means they are beautiful people and talking to them means they are interesting individuals.
7.Your children are your TESTIMONY. How they act in public shows how you treat them in private.
The Bible says;
Don’t you see that children are God’s best gift?
the fruit of the womb His generous legacy?
Like a warrior’s fistful of arrows
are the children of a vigorous youth.
Oh, how blessed are you, parents,
with your quivers full of children!
Your enemies don’t stand a chance against you;
you’ll sweep them right off your doorstep.
Psalm 127 : 3, The Message
There is so much time to be ADULTS. Enjoy the little humans while their world is still all about YOU. May the Lord bless you today.
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