From Ann-Marie Bland, founder of Think Good: My grandmother used to say, “The wall pictures have ears.”  I thought at the time it is when she started losing her marbles.  I later found out she was talking about our children.  Her point was “our children are always watching and listening.”   They observe and take everything in, including how we act, treat others, and treat themselves.  They learn what the see, not what they hear.  Enjoy!

“When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw you hang my first painting on the refrigerator, and I immediately wanted to paint another one.

I saw you feed a stray cat, and I learned that it was good to be kind to animals.

I saw you make my favorite cake for me and I learned that little things can be the special things in life.

I heard you say a prayer, and I knew there is a God I could always talk to and I learned to trust in God.

I saw you make a meal and take it to a friend who was sick, and I learned that we all have to help take care of each other.Image

I saw you give of your time and money to help people who had nothing and I learned that those who have somethingshould give to those who don’t.

I felt you kiss me good night and I felt loved and safe.

I saw you take care of our house and everyone in it and I
learned we have to take care of what we are given.

I saw how you handled your responsibilities, even when you didn’t feel good, and I learned that I would have to be responsible when I grow up.

I saw tears come from your eyes and I learned that sometimes things hurt, but its all right to cry.

I saw that you cared and I wanted to be everything I could be.

I watched you, and I learned most of life’s lessons I need to
know to be a good and productive person when I grow up.

I looked at you and wanted to say, ‘Thanks for all the things I saw when you thought I wasn’t looking.’”

Each one of us – whether Parent, Grandparent or Friend – can influence the Life of a Child… Be a GOOD influence.