I was reading a book by the name of simple little words, and found the following list at the end of the chapter entitled Dreams. The headline of the list is: Top 10 Things You Wish Your Parents Had Said To You. That is the official title of the list. I am taking the liberty of renaming it (on this blog) to something a little more proactive. Why dwell on the past? Instead make a better now with your children.
Top 10 Things You Wish Your Parents Had Said To You
(The Top 10 Things To Say To Your Kids–my title.) My commentary in italics.
I love you. This is always good to hear. I have made it point to say it to my kids every night, even if I have to do it via text message.
You can do it. I probably didn’t say this as much as I needed to, but I do remember saying it.
I’m so proud of you. I have said this at various points in each of my children’s lives, usually when they had to do the hard thing.
I’m glad God gave you to me. I have said this on numerous occasions, but not so much now that my children are older. There is a book called I Choose You that I would read to them regularly. I would spend time after each reading with each child, telling them out of all the 10, 5, 9 year old children in the world (depending on the age of the child I was talking to) if I had the choice to pick only one, I would have chosen them. They never tired of hearing that story, or of me saying that to them.
You are priceless. Not sure if I’ve said those exact words.
I was wrong. Yep!
I’m sorry. Yep!
I’m thrilled you married such a wonderful spouse. Not yet!
I love being with you. You’re fun to talk to. Not as much as I would like, but hey, oh children of mine, if you are reading this…yeah, what you just read.
You’re a blessing to everyone who knows you. Maybe once or twice….hopefully…maybe I should say it soon.
You is smart.
You is kind.
You is important…wait…that is from The Help! My bad.
The bottom line is it’s a good list. Our children need to hear how important and special they are to us, no matter how old they get.
To my kids, I love you each more than you can possibly know, until you become parents yourselves. You can do whatever you set out to do. I am proud of you, and oh, so thankful that God chose me to be your mother. You are without a doubt a priceless treasure. I was wrong in so many ways, and if I had it in my power, I would go back and change those things. I am sorry for the hurts I have caused. I enjoy your company and love listening to you share your thoughts, plans…your life. You are a blessing to all who know you, and to me especially.