Can you see those little almost-rubbed-off letters on those fingers up there?
There was a night a few weeks ago where this girl needed a pretty serious pick-me-up.
Sometimes high school transitions aren’t a walk in the park. Especially when you want with all your heart to be independent but your eyes are making that tricky. So as I was grasping at straws to try to figure out how to lift this girl out of her sorrows I thought of my wise dad.
I remembered how when I was sad growing up, he worked magic. (I was younger than this but I think this works at every age!) He would scoop me up and take my fingers and write the first initial of all the things he thought I was good at on my fingertips.
And as he wrote, that little act transformed my insecurities and sorrows. I was empowered. Someone saw the goodness in me when I couldn’t find it in myself.
Now, I know it’s important for us as parents for us to help our kids find their own goodness, but sometimes they can use a little help.
And that night I felt those black thunderclouds brighten as my girl and I sat snuggled together with a sharpie and some fingertips, the air transformed around us, and I was overwhelmed with gratitude for this amazing girl I get to call my own.
And also for my wise dad❤️
For more quick parenting ideas to build love and relationships, try these links:
(This post is really “part 2”)
And one more, because I think technology can sure put a damper on the love our kids feel: