I remember four years ago I was sitting in a motherhood conference when I heard some life changing advice:
“When you see your kids in the morning, whether you feel like it or not, tell them you are happy to see them!”
Whoa. I immediately stopped and thought about how my days typically start. I hear my son waking up and the pity party starts:
“Ugh. I was really hoping he would sleep in today.”
“Why is he awake SO early?!”
“I wish I could sleep more.”
Looking back I believe my poor little guy could sense this when I went to get him in the morning, and I feel awful about it now.
So I promised myself as I sat in that room that I would change. That our mornings would change. Every single day without fail, when I say, “I am so happy to see you!” I get a huge smile in return.
You will look at my three steps and laugh because it really is this simple, but I dare you to try it. Every single day for a week, a month, a year. Try it. I bet you notice what I notice: My kids are happier, I am happier, and the tone of our morning is a much more positive one!
It’s as simple as that!