This week's prompt is: LOOK. Five minutes starts now!
“Look me in the eyes.”
I say this phrase regularly, sometimes many times in a day. I say it to my children when I am talking to them about their behavior or about my expectations of them. At those times they tend to want to look anywhere but at me.
But it is precisely in those moments, when I am training and teaching that I want to be “eye to eye” with them. I want to know they are focusing on the important words I am saying. I want to be connected to them, and for them to know that I see them as a person, as someone worth telling the truth to, worth training up right.
Sometimes I am sure the kids don’t like it because when they look at me they see my “angry eyes” (Toy Story 2, anyone?)
I am hopeful that usually when they look into my eyes as I speak to them they see all the love and care and acceptance I feel for them. I pray they see my deep desire to do this mothering thing right, even as I may be failing right then, in that very moment.