The one sentence that makes me a better mama

I discovered this quote last week from my blogging and scrap booking hero Becky Higgins.
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It has made such a difference in how I approach each task, each day. None official authorities have confirmed this, but I think it is helping me be a better mom.

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When I picked up little miss 11 from swim team, I turned off my book tape and listened. Because the purpose of the task is to strengthen the relationship.

When my 8 year old needed help with her biography project, I chose my advice and words with greater care. Because the purpose of the task is to strengthen the relationship.

When my mom asked me to run an errand with her and we ended up totally lost driving around for 40 minutes in the dark, I laughed with her and looked at it as more time to talk. Because the purpose of the task is to strengthen the relationship.

When we took my teenager to parent conferences, I tried to let her do more of the talking and was in absolutely no hurry. Because the purpose of the task is to strengthen the relationship.

When my preschooler wanted a piggy back ride on the way to emptying her clean clothes basket, I let her climb right on. Because the purpose of the task is to strengthen the relationship.

When my family invited me to watch a show in the movie room, I did not bring my planner along and try to do 10 things at once. I snuggled in the blankets with them and just watched. Because the purpose of the task is to strengthen the relationship.

For me, this thought changes everything.

You can download this thought (and lots of other great ones) on Becky’s site under “free stuff.”

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