Welcome to Momsâ€™ Month on Dr. Stephanie! This month I will be featuring guest posts from some awesome moms around the country.Â They will be sharing tips, tricks, and funny stories about motherhood.Â This will be a fun celebration â€“ thanks for joining us!Â Todayâ€™s author is Megan Alpert.Â Welcome, Megan!
My name is Megan Alpert and I am a mom of two boys and work for MapQuest in Denver, CO.Â I love sharing the adventures of life and parenthood with my husband, Aaron.
Words to live by:
My children have perfectly good ears â€“ they can hear the quietest whisper of a conversation, from across the room, if it is something they are trying to overhear.Â Â And yet, most days, I find myself repeating requests as if I am speaking an undecipherable foreign language.Â â€œPlease get your shoes onâ€¦letâ€™s set the tableâ€¦please donâ€™t swing golf clubs in the house…use your napkin instead of your shirtâ€Â Â Â I find solace in knowing that I am not alone when I think phrases that have come to symbolize parenthood, such as: “How many times do I need to tell you” and “Did you hear me?”Â Recently, I realized that even though you may feel like a repeat record, our children are listening to us.
Years ago, I read The Help, (amazing book if you havenâ€™t read it!) and was moved by the words that the main character always recites the little girl: â€œYou is kind. You is smart. You is important.â€Â I decided that this message would be a mantra that I would tell my little boys each night as I tucked them in.
Last month, my second grader came home with a stack full of papers from school.Â As I flipped through his work, asking him for the 3rd time to please not throw baseballs in the kitchen, I came across a green piece of construction paper, the edge corners curled framing a white paper with marker writing.Â Â The top of the page read, My Family Values, and below, written in his nicest penmanship, the words: “You are kind. You are smart. You are important.”Â My heart smiled and I had one of those amazing moments that we all have as mothers â€“ pure happiness and pride.
And I realized, our words do matter and our words are heard.Â Choose wisely.