“Just hurry up!”
I catch myself saying that a LOT lately. It seems I’m constantly telling my son to hurry up with eating, dressing, undressing, going outside, coming in… everything.
It hit me the other day:
Do I really want my kids to hurry up about EVERYTHING?
Is that the message I want them to come out of childhood with?
The more I think about it, the more I realize that I want them to do just the opposite.
I want them to slow down. To enjoy life. To cherish every moment.
And if I’m always telling them to hurry up, how will they ever learn to JUST. SLOW. DOWN.
The words I say have a huge impact on the way their little minds think, the way I speak to them becomes their inner voice to themselves.
Is ’hurry up’ really what I want their default thought-line to be? Is that what I want them to tell themselves, subconsciously, for the rest of their lives?
No, I don’t.
While there are times that it’s necessary to do things quickly, I do not want to instill in my children the feeling that life is a race against time, like if they aren’t fast enough, they aren’t good enough.
Because the truth is: they are always good enough for me, no matter how quickly, or slowly, they accomplish things.
I will always love them.
If I want them to know that hurrying doesn’t make them any better, if I want them to slow down and enjoy life, then I need to change the way I speak to them.
If I’m trying myself to slow down every day, then I need to make my words match my actions, so they can learn to do the same.
It’s going to take some time to break this habit, but I believe it’s worth it.