1.) Sharing my faith: Grayson is just at the age where he is really 'grasping' certain things. He tries to do the sign of the cross by himself, he will kneel before he enters & when he leaves the pew. He loves to say 'Amen' & calls Church, "Jesus' House." He also said many times on Easter that, "Jesus died on the cross." Guys- he is only 2! How incredible. Of course, there is so much to teach him about our faith, but it is so rewarding and heart warming to see him to start doing these things on his own.
2.) Reading together: Whether they are our books or borrowed from the library, we read so many books through the day. Now that warmer weather is here, we take some outside, too. Now, a lot of the times I'll catch him flipping through books by himself. I cherish reading to him and hope it instills in him to love books.
3.) We have dinner making dance parties: Every Mom knows that 5p.m. hour is just so, so difficult. Usually the kids are just super whiney or need something, while you are also trying to get dinner made for everyone. It can be a serious challenge. I try to turn on some fun music and make sure we get some serious wiggles out. We laugh and laugh. Mostly I'm laughing at how cute he is dancing. ;)
4.) Teaching how to help: I can't take credit for all of this because our son has always loved to help. I think way more than most 2 year olds. He has his own broom, vacuum and outdoors toys, like shovels and a rake. Whenever we are using one around the house, he will run to get his or ask to help with ours. Of course when he asks to help it takes 10X longer, but I really don't mind. I always remind him what a good helper he is and that helping people out is so important.
5.) Praying for my children: I pray for them and their vocations in life. Whether it be their future spouses and families. What a beautiful thing to be able to do as their Mom.
6.) I let him get messy: Whether he is outside playing in the dirt, mud and sand. Or he is inside helping me bake some cookies and spills flour on the countertops. It's all part of being a kid and learning.
7.) I take a lot of pictures & videos: & keep them organized for them (& for me) My kids will never be able to say there aren't enough pictures of them! :) I just think it's so important for them to be able to look through pictures from their childhood or watch home movies and laugh at what they wore. etc.
8.) I show him I love his Dad: Whether through words or action, I think it's important my kids see just how much I love their Dad and how important our marriage is. Whether they hear us say, 'I love you' or 'I'm sorry.' Or even holding hands, hugging and a kiss. It's important they know our marriage is a priority and we are a team.
9.) I ask for forgiveness and say I'm sorry: Before I toot my horn too much, there are times when I raise my voice or don't handle the situation the best. I make sure I say I'm sorry to Grayson and I always, always pray for forgiveness from God and guidance on parenting.
10.) I make sure to tell both of my babies how much I love them: I don't think a kid can ever here that enough. Even as an adult now, when my own parents tell me they love me it brings a smile to my face. So, I am constantly telling both of my kids how much I love them and how we prayed for them. Our kids are such beautiful gifts from God.