Do you ever look at your kids and just think how blessed you are to have them in your life?
I have a 14 yr old daughter, and we are in the process of adopting. Lately, we have been teaching her how to cook and become more independent. We start to tell her the ingredients to our homemade chicken Fajitas. She seems to be understanding the process pretty well, so I give her a task to cut the onions. I ask her do you know how to put an onion and she immediately gets a little hurt and replies “yes!” I didn’t even think that it may offend her. My mom taught me, so I just assumed that maybe nobody had taught her.
As I watched her struggling with this onion, I knew she desperately wanted to show me she could cut this onion but you could tell she was having a heck of a time. I sat down at the table with her and said “would you like me to show you how your grandma taught me and how your great grandmother taught her?” she instantly handed over the onion with the biggest smile!
I showed her how I was taught, and that smile on her face was priceless. It wasn’t the onion that made me cry that night. It was that moment knowing I am now able to show my kids what my parents taught me. The simplest thing like cutting an onion can make you realize just how blessed you truly are. Given the opportunity to share what tools I had learned as a child too. I felt so blessed to have a mother who cared enough to know that the basic skills of cooking were needed in life.
She thanked me and said, “now I get to show my kids when I get older.” Simple things in life that make you appreciate everything.
I look at my children and know I am blessed to have them in my life. To be able to teach them what they need to do to function every day. We as parents are given an opportunity to show our children how amazing life is. Hopefully one day they can teach their own the same. Continue a positive parenting throughout each generation. It depends on us to show them now to make that happen.
*photo credit google*