I've been pondering the transition beyond the baby phase and into the school children phase lately. One yoga student, a mother of girls age 4 and 8, I spoke with after class said something that has stuck with me this week.
"I'm much better at this stage than the baby stage."
Honestly, I'm scared for this older stage. This stage where my children can respond, rationalize and negotiate with me. They are no longer little babies that are 100% dependent on their mother.
I've also been spending time thinking about what type of people I want my children to become. It is my responsibility to show and teach the core values that are important to our family.
What are our core values I've been asking myself.
Here is what I came up with.
Obviously the fact that it is on an erasable chalkboard, it is a work in progress.
My little girl insists we should add "No Biting" to the list. Yes, it is a rule in the house but hopefully it falls under one of the bigger picture categories.
My hope is that by repeating and enforcing how these rules impact our everyday actions, my kids will learn the difference between right and wrong.
How do you teach your children core values? What rules would you add to this list?