Today has been an interesting day.
I am a nanny, and this week, neither of my girls have day camp, which means we hang out from 7am til around 5pm.
I adore my girls; they are hilarious, playful, and so much fun.
One is twelve, and the other is nine.
Most of the time, they play together well, making up contests and games.
Today, however, they were at each other’s throats.
Even chores became a competition ending in screaming.
We sat down together after lunch and and had a conversation to try to turn the day around.
I told them that it is more important to be kind than to be right, and that if they couldn’t adjust their behavior, we would have to adjust our plans.
We can only do fun things when we listen, cooperate, and speak to each other with love.
We had a much better afternoon than morning.
Influencing little humans is hard.
Trying to teach them to be kind and nonjudgmental can feel impossible, especially if they are tired or hungry.
But it is the most rewarding thing in the world when they start to get heated and they stop and remember to breathe.
When they want to scream at each other, but instead speak to each other kindly.
I love that I have a job where hard days mean lots of teaching moments.
My heart is so full 💗♥️