Often I wonder how my children see me as a parent and a mother. I wonder how I come across to them, what look I give them without even realising it and if what hopefully good impression I am giving them is actually what they are receiving. I wonder, do they see me as happy? Do they see me as stressed out and too busy for them? Do they see me as loving and kind?
It was with these thoughts that I was delighted to find a picture that one of our sons took of us, see above. It was taken when he was talking to us and just to let you know this is a natural picture, we did not try to pull this look or face. When I found this picture it made me laugh and in a small way answered my questions. This is the perfect example of what my children see from of us as parents when they talk to us.
We come across as parents who are intently listening, sometimes worried before we even know the story and as generally concerned parents! I always wondered what we look like! My poor children.
Of course they often see us a serious and there are times when that is needed and appropriate but I also feel comforted with the knowledge that they also see us having fun and laughing together as husband and wife and also with them as children. See below. Alright, I have to admit it is only me laughing in this picture and Matt is not laughing at all as he was wearing suspenders and I of course had to flick them!
Do you ever wonder how your children see you as a parent?