We like to think that our children are doing good when we aren’t around to encourage them. As parents we try our best to make sure our kids are doing the right thing when they are over at a friends house, at the park, or in school.
We work hard to make sure we have awesome children and not only good reflections on our self because of it, but just really great kids to be around that share their light with the world.
I remember clear as yesterday one of the most touching and special exchanges my daughter and I shared. I always knew that she was special, but this one day in particular I really had to realize how extraordinary an amazing she is. When I picked her up from school that day we started our normal after school chatter. I asked her how school was, how she liked her lunch, and who she played with at the playground.
When she started telling me about some of her friends who are not getting along, I eagerly listen on as she recanted this tale. She told me that two of her friends in particular were arguing with each other. She mentioned how upset it made her feel because she liked both of the children very much. She told me that she brought them together, set them down and tried to help them work through their misunderstanding. She went on to tell me how she had them sit next to each other and apologize for how they had acted. She had them say something nice about each other and delighted in the way that she was able to mend their temporary problem. When most children her age are only thinking about themselves, she was already extremely concerned about others. Now if she had been a little older, I would have still been delighted in that behavior, but for her first few months of first grade I was pretty impressed with her selfless actions.
She honestly and genuinely cares about her friends and took the extra staff to remove herself from the situation enough to be able to mediate between her pals. I, to this day, still am impressed with how selfless and kind she was to her friends that day. I thought it showed a great deal of maturity and her ever present heart of gold.
What makes your kid extraordinary isn’t just the epic stuff. It’s the little things. The small moments that maybe only you see — and quietly celebrate every day.
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