Friday, 19 November 2010

Today and tomorrow

This is a great reminder for all of us moms with young children, caught in the daily throes of toddler drama and personality quirks and discipline debacles. I can remember when Colin was about two and his little "stubborn" personality was emerging, and I made very sure to always call him "strong-willed" rather than stubborn. Stubborn has a negative connotation to it, whereas strong-willed insinuates something positive.

The following is a list from "The Power of Moms" online contributor Chantal Sego. As she reflected on her own three year old daughter and the challenges she faced while raising her, she challenged herself to adjust her perspective. She wrote down all the personality traits her daughter displayed today, and then pondered on what those traits might develop into in the future, and how they might become useful skills. I think it is important to remember that our little ones are just that...little, new to the world, raw materials full of passion and not yet in control of themselves. As mothers, it is our job to help them reach their full potential, embracing their individuality and developing it as they grow.

Today she is...... Tomorrow she will be...

An instigator......... A leader
Stubborn................Determined
Strong-willed.........Confident
Argumentative...... Articulate
Opinionated..........Charismatic
Messy.....................Creative
Loud.......................Vocal
Energetic...............Outgoing
Independent..........Self-reliant

1 comment:

Emily T said...

That's a very interesting list to me. You could but my three yr old self over the left column and my today self over the right column. I was not an "easy" child.