There are moments, every now and again, when it clicks. When your kid drops something out of the routine that says “This is all worth while.”
Maybe it’s a kind gesture, or it’s a piece of wisdom, or it’s an acrobatic feat. It’s just a little thing that breaks the everyday drama of parenting that shows you your kids are listening and learning.
We had one last weekend when I was out adventuring with the boys in the country. We came upon a small town and home to about half a dozen geocaches. One was across the street from a church and featured a huge playground with half a dozen slides, climbing nets, swings, and more.
“PARK!” they shouted in unison. ”There’s a geocache here too, guys,” I responded. “I want to go to the park,” said Charlie.
“Well, how about you guys play at the park, and I’ll look for the geocache in the trees on the side?”
“Hey, Daddy! That’s a win-win!!”
And I smiled. Yes, it is a win-win. Zacharie’s kindergarten class has been following the 7 Habits Of Happy Kids throughout the year. They’ve learned to be proactive, sharpen the saw, synergize, and look for win-wins.
It was a small moment at a park at a middle-of-nowhere town, but it was a proud moment. Zacharie was learning. He was growing.
Check out the 7 Habits Of Happy Kids, and see how you an incorporate the lessons into your parenting.