Everyday when the boys jump out of the car at school drop off I shout some random little things to them. To Henry I say "Eat your lunch." But mostly, I always say:
"Hey boys! Be kind. Work hard. Say thank you."
Today I made it to the gym. I did it right after I dropped Syd off at preschool. I didn't stop at home first. I knew if I did I wouldn't get there. It is pouring rain. HARD. But I still went. Even though a quiet house and an afternoon cup of coffee sounded amazing. But, I did it. I just walked 2 miles on a treadmill. But I got there. And it is a start. One of the things that motivated me was my friend gave me a link to something she heard at her church last weekend. So I listened while I walked. It was about parenting.
It talked about the end game. And having a plan and parenting with a purpose. It asked us to think about what we want for the end game. And I immediately thought of those three things I say to my kids as they pop out of the car.
There are so many adjectives I want to instill in my children. But consistently, these are the three that I say when they leave me to go play somewhere, participate in an activity, or head off to school.
I want them to be kind.
I want them to work hard.
I want them to have grace.
What are three things that are important to you when it comes to looking to the future and what you instill in your children?