Made ya click!
I got my flu shot today. I suppose I'm trying to condition myself to bravery since we are going to need multiple shots, some very painful, before our big move. The reason I got my flu shot today is because I had both kiddos with me. I wanted them to see a vaccination experience where no one was screaming in the hopes that they will be brave with their upcoming shots.
It got me thinking. I force myself into many situations I'd rather avoid simply to show my kids it can be done, and it's not as terrifying as it first appears. For example, yesterday I killed a spider. I hate spiders. They really freak me out. I think the underlying reason is that I have big curly hair and I am terrified of getting a bug in it. I know that it's not simply a shake and release situation. But, the kids saw the spider, turned to me for help and I knew what I had to do. I had to suck it up and kill it.
Most of the time, I am well aware that my kids are watching everything I do and listening to every word that escapes my mouth. I am mindful that showing grace under pressure is important. Sometimes though, I have to push myself into a situation I don't care to be in to show my kids anything is possible and not to fear something silly.
For example, I don't eat mayonnaise or sour cream. Gasp all you want, but ick. No thank you. I don't want it.
Unfortunately, my aversion to slimy food has made my life annoying at times. When you go to an event and they serve wraps or sandwich rolls for lunch. Poor Regan is stuck eating half of a bun or just saying I'm not hungry. I want my kids to eat mayo and sour cream, but I do not want to eat it. I talked to Neal about this early on and he works with them to show what a "real" sandwich looks and tastes like so they don't even notice my pickiness. Same goes for hard-boiled eggs and cottage cheese. This paragraph has been cringe-inducing. Bleh.
I try to do things with my kids often that I may not love to do, or particularly enjoy, so that they can have more exposure to hobbies and activities they may love. I love to sing. Love it. I sing all day. Sharing that love is easy! I do not enjoy camping. Will I take my kiddos camping? Sure! Just because I don't love to camp doesn't mean it won't become a passion of theirs.
Put on a brave face and introduce your kid to something you are afraid of or don't enjoy. You may be terrified of flying, but have your spouse take the kids to an airport to watch the planes. Pass on bravery and adventure to your kids rather than your own neuroses. Kill that spider!
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