If you’re a parent of littles, you’ve probably had the pleasure of watching the animated movie, Monsters Inc. a time or two. One of my favorite scenes is when Roz, a grumpy plant supervisor, tells the one-eyed Wazowski, “I’m watching you, Wazowski. Always watching. Always.”
Like Roz, I was reminded this past week that our kids are also always watching us. Over the weekend, not wanting to put any heat on my hair, I decided to go old school style with a few velcro rollers instead. When my daughter saw me in the rollers, her fascination was obvious as she began asking me a million questions about them. Not thinking anything of the conversation, I was quite tickled later on that night when my daughter walked in the room looking like this…
Yes, that is my daughter with a head full of rollers stuck to the sides of her head. I was immediately reminded of Always Watching Roz. Our children are always watching us, whether we realize it or not.
Every day, they are taking in the way we talk, what we wear, how we act, who we befriend, what we do and where we go. The question is, what will our children mimic as a result of our words and actions? What are they seeing and learning from us?
Are they learning to display kindness…love…patience…discipline…joy?
Or they witnessing selfishness…hatred…impatience…laziness…moodiness?
Are they learning to speak positive, uplifting words to others or verbal darts that tear down and demean?
Have our children witnessed us standing firm and strong in our faith during adversity and trials or do they see us running away from God in anger and distrust?
I hope that this picture of my daughter will not only continue to bring a smile to my face for years to come, but that it serve as an everlasting reminder of the powerful influence we have on our children.