Being a mom isn’t just about being a mom.
It’s about being a teacher.
It’s about being a cook.
It’s about being a nurse.
It’s about being a hugger.
It’s about being an example.
It’s also about being the happy police.
Happiness is something we all want for our kids. The lovely bonus is that when they’re happy, it emanates, and you as their parent, feel happy, and happy for them.
And yet, it’s not always a simple thing, for them to be happy, at least not all the time.
It’s a goal nevertheless.
In my attempt to procure those toothy grins of self-esteem, there are things I say to my kids every day. Things like I love you no matter what, I’m so proud of you, you are a good person – the list goes on and on.
I also like to read this children’s board book to them that I absolute adore, by Monica Sheehan called Be Happy: A Little Book For A Happy You. Every page has a simple, yet important message, including:
Don’t compare yourself with others.
BE THE BEST YOU!
Be thankful for all the people and things you love!
Be happy about being you!
Mommy – a.k.a. The Happy Police