Monday, February 23, 2009

"Be a shining light!"

That's what I tell my kids every day as I rush them out of the car and shoo them into school at the last minute.


Every morning, no matter how frantic, we talk about what they can do to be a shining light that day.

They are reminded to be friends to kids who others don't want to be friends with.

Give at least one person a compliment each day.

They can be a gentle spirit even when other kids are picking on them.

They can choose to not judge someone else who may be having a grumpy, bad, temper tantrum kind of day.



I hope these lessons are sinking in and making them better people. Life is not always fair and not always kind. The only thing we can control is our reaction to situations we're handed.

So what can you do to be a "shining light" today?
(The pictures are from our family Valentine's dinner with pink soda in pretty glasses, candle light, and one half naked toddler.)

26 comments:

bomobob said...

If you teach just one person that we're all the same inside, you've done your daily duty.

Jennifer Juniper said...

Sometimes I am reminded about the way I should behave when I'm teaching my kids. A great way to start the day, "be a shining light" love it!

Jennifer Juniper said...

Sometimes I am reminded about the way I should behave when I'm teaching my kids. A great way to start the day, "be a shining light" love it!

Audrey said...

Wonderful motto!! Will remember that. I drive a school bus and try to remember that I am the first person they see when they leave the house in the morning - so I have to be cheerful and say "Good Morning" like I mean it even if it's a bad day.

fly tie said...

that's beautiful.

hmmmm...well, today i'm visiting blogs i've never visited before (not yours, of course :-D), learning new things, and leaving comments and ideas, especially where i see that non have been shared.

Jaime said...

That's awesome. I really like the "be a shining light". Especially no matter how frantic the morning might be. :)

Thanks for sharing.

Once Upon a Twig said...

Oh, I love this! I'll be sure to tell my 1st grader tomorrow morning... be a shining light! She is in the 1st grade, and the friendship triangles have already started. :( Thanks for the inspiration. It's just what I needed to see.

carissa... brown eyed fox said...

"be a shining light"... love that!

i try to be a shining light for my girls... by example... loving... giving... praying... accepting! Lord knows many times that light gets dim but i think that's okay too... like you said... for them to know that things don't always go our way!

beautiful post & glowing pics!

Susan S. said...

What a great thing to be teaching your children! I've been on vacation for the last and now catching up on favorite blogs!
Congratulations on the wonderful article regarding Cora. It's so wonderful that so many people are helping make a difference.

And, as always you crack me up with bad baby stories...too CUTE!

Vanessa Sanchez said...

What a great way to start the day!
Being a shining light can sometimes be a challenge, but what an important thing to remember.
Thanks for the reminder :)

kraftykash said...

Great idea!

Sarah said...

That is so important to teach our children and it does sink in. Our 7 year old daughter got a praise report sent home one day because she had played with a little boy who noone else would play with. That makes it so worth teaching them.

Sylvia C. said...

I think it's great that you take the time to say this to your kids. I really think it's the little things like that, which let kids know you WANT them to be good people.

Hope all is well!

Sylvia C.

cherryTreeLane said...

I can be a shining light by forgiving those who I hold resentment towards.

Beadin By The Sea said...

What wise words to start out your day. A great motto for all of us no matter how old we are!

DebraK from ~the Bunnies Bungalow~ said...

Great message to give your kids as school days can be so hard.
I try to be a kind and non judgemental person....it's not always easy! Thank you for this inspiring post. DebraK

YaYa's Funhouse said...

Great thoughts even for us "grown-ups"

The Snyders said...

Wow, so thoughtful! My daughter is only 7 months old but I will for sure start doing this when she gets a little older. What a creative yet meaningful statement!

Sweet Nothings said...

What a great lesson to teach your kids! It's awesome that you remind them of it everyday! I'm going to have to remember that when we have little ones running around!

How sweet that you put pink soda pretty glasses for them!

Jennifer said...

I love it! A great post.... You are a really great Mommy :)



Jen

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Ilena said...

Your children and those that they touch as they move through their lives will be better people because of the kindness that you instill. Thank you.

ShabbyInTheCity said...

I want so badly for my kids to be thoughtful. I love that you tell your kids this!

Shell Mitchell said...

So heartwarming! Be a shining light... such great advice.

sherry said...

wonderful words, Beki. Until, my son could drive every day I said:
"remember who you are".

ritasmeeta said...

That is so sweet. I wish everyone told their kids that each morning- the world would be a MUCH better place! :)

Love that first pic!