Often we look back at the big moments in our children’s lives and recall their significance.
We see moments where they took their first step, where they celebrated their first birthday, or where they reached some other important milestone.
Today’s guest on the Mothers Central Blog reminds us to remember the little things – the smaller moments within our day-to-day activities – because often it is these little things which help most to mold our children towards being good, knowing good and ultimately doing good.
Please help me in welcoming Jennifer Hadden, a member of the Bexley Mothers’ Center in Bexley, Ohio. Jennifer is mother to Harry (4) and Bruce (2), and wife to JB.
Along with helping the Bexley Mothers’ Center by serving on their membership committee, Jennifer also finds time to: act as the secretary for the Columbus Metropolitan Library Friends of the Library program, volunteer with the St. Catharine Preschool, and fulfill her duties as a sustainer with the Junior League of Columbus.
Professionally, Jennifer is a licensed social worker and earned her BBA from Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame and her MSW from The Ohio State University.
We are proud to introduce you below to Jennifer’s Valentine’s Day letter of love to her 2 sons.
My dearest Harry and Bruce,
Happy Valentine’s Day! Today is yet another day to celebrate all the reasons I love you.
Be good. Know good. Do good. My great aunt, Sister Mary Medard, used to say this to me and I’m quite fond of these directions that can be so powerful. I hope these simple words may guide you as you grow – in creativity, love and learning.
Your imaginations never cease to amaze me. Harry, the way you took our nativity set this past Christmas and loaded everyone into your John Deere pickup truck was hysterical. I’m glad Mary was driving and baby Jesus had a safe spot in the back seat. Perhaps this is your take on “treat others as you’d like to be treated.”
When you wake me at 3:30 a.m. requesting that I tuck you in again, I will happily do it – no matter how old you are and how tired I am. Maybe you’ll be so kind as to tuck me in someday.
You guys are getting the hang of this manners thing too. Harry, I’m so touched when you initiate grace before meals. Bruce, I love to hear you speak “pwease” and “sank you.” It’s also okay that you say “sorry” when you bump your own head. You’ll get it soon enough.
And Bruce, when you cry “mama, mama, mama” – all while clutching my leg – I will gladly pick you up and console you. I hope you learn the ability to console for it can do wonders for you too.
When you unexpectedly run down the hallway clenching the Cloud B Twilight Turtle enunciating, “I. Got. Tur-tul.”, (was he trying to get away?) you provide some entertainment to liven up our home.
Reading The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog (among other titles) over and over is so amusing. The way you guys laugh hysterically at Pigeon’s rants is too funny. I hope you get this excited over reading for a long, long time.
Above all, know that your father and I are so very proud of you.
Our wish for you is to be content.
And be good, know good and do good.
Leave a Comment: What are some of the smaller, day-to-day moments which in hindsight might be helping to build your child’s character? Please help me in welcoming Jennifer to the Mothers Central Blog by leaving her a comment and sharing her letter with others.