Girl Watching

I like to watch young women…

No! It’s not what you think!

I like to watch young moms because I like to study the way they handle their children; I like to observe the way they are with their children.

I am often in the company of young moms: at daycare, at school, at school events, at the park, at McDonald’s, at the grocery store, at the children’s store, at karate gymnastics, and dance lessons, and at church.

Just about anything I am doing with the toddlers or for the toddlers is likely something that young moms are doing with or for their children!

I am afforded many opportunities each day to observe how young moms nurture their children.

So, I watch and try to learn.

Yes, I suppose you could call it girl watching, but I’m watching them because I want to learn how to emulate how they are with their children.

I want to be as good a mom as they are.

But I can’t!

I’ll never be as good at nurturing as mom’s are.

Nurturing. Loving.
Caring. Teaching.
Accepting. Challenging.
With patience and gentleness.
With kindness and understanding.
That’s moms.

Rather than nurture, I demand respect.
Instead of teach, I command.
I expect perfection.
I order, control, dominate.
That’s me.

But, I want to be the way moms are.

Yet, no matter how hard I try, I just can’t be as good with children as moms are.

I just can’t be Mom!

So I’ll just keep watching, admiring, marveling…and trying!

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