by Mary Fischer
We could all probably fill countless notebooks with the cute and funny things that come out of our kids mouths, but have you ever had those moments where your child said something that absolutely stopped you in your tracks?
And I don't mean because it was embarrassing or downright shocking, but because it gave you an "a-ha" moment of sorts.
You know, like it made you realize just how much of an influence you have on your child's life, and that she's listening to your every word and following the example you set even if you always figured she was totally aloof.
A few moms were brave enough to share their wake-up call moments with us. And it's pretty safe to say that each and every one of us can relate to something on this list in one way or another.
- The other night my son was complaining about a bug bite on his forehead. He was afraid the kids at school would make fun of him for it. I told him it would be fine and not to worry about it. That's when he looked at me and said, "But Mom, you worry about your body all the time and your weight is just fine." He totally schooled me. And I deserved it.
- My little girl pushed her french fries away. When I asked her what was wrong, she said, "I don't want to wind up as big as you." OMG.
- My daughter was looking in the mirror saying, "Look at my fat butt." She's 5. I make it a point to not make any negative body comments anymore, not just in front of her but in general. She looks up to me and thinks I'm beautiful, so I'll take her word for it!
- Our family has been under a lot of stress. I was in "getting things done" mode at the grocery store with three of my six sons. My 5-year-old looked at me quietly and said, "Mommy do you know how to smile? I forget what your smile looks like. Can you show me?" (I need to remember to smile ...)
- My daughter asked me why I didn't think I was beautiful, when everyone says she looks just like me. She then said, "You always tell me how beautiful I am."
- When my son was 5, I came in from outside and he said, "I can't wait to grow up so I can smoke too." At the time everyone he knew was a smoker, so I think he just assumed it's something you did when you grow up. I quit that day.
- My 3-year-old daughter asked me, "Why does Daddy make you sad?" That was a wake up call for us. He needed help with his anger and communication and he is getting better.
Has your kid ever given you an a-ha moment?