I am sure you have all heard this notion before: that love is often more an action than a feeling. To be loving, even to be “in love”, we have to act loving and then the feeling of love comes.
How are you putting love into action in your home?
Love is picking up and soothing that infant for the millionth time when you really wish they would just go to sleep.
Love is being kind to your child even though they just answered you flippantly.
Love is making time to spend with your spouse at the end of a long day even though you are tired.
Love is being patient when you don’t feel like being patient, and being kind when you don’t feel like being kind. How you do this in your home really influences the tone of your home and the behavior of the small child who not only imitates you, but looks to you to see how you react when things are not going well.
How do you react when you make a mistake?
How do you react when someone is behaving poorly? Not doing what you want them to do? Are you the person who escalates things or de-escalates things in stressful situations?
How do you calm things down and make things more peaceful than when you found them?
How do you leave your little corner of the world better than it was before?
It is hard work, but the wonder of it all is in the striving. It is truly not about being perfect. There is no perfect mother, no perfect home, no perfect road to success, no perfect way. There is only a loving mother, a nurturing home, a middle road, and a thoughtful way.