This might be fine most of the time, but when I am face to face with my children, I have been trying to smile, even if my eyes are not looking at their little faces.
I have found this is especially important when I need to discipline or speak firmly to my children. Of course, if I am angry, that is almost impossibly hard. But still, I smile. I think it makes a difference.
When I am buckling my baby or son's car seat I am so close to their faces. They often do not have any choice but to look at my face. I smile. I think it makes a difference.
My baby is no longer content to "just lay there" and get a diaper change. Her intention is to roll over and get away from me. Already. But from the early days, I have purposely smiled at her through those diaper changes, even when holding my breath. I think it makes a difference.
When I bend low to help with shoes or zip coats, I will smile. I think it makes a difference.
And when my five year old asks to take my picture. I smile. It makes a difference.
When my husband walks in the door to hear children crying, a mess all around, and no comforting dinner smells in the air. I hope I can smile. It makes a difference.
"I will forget my complaint, I will change my expression, and smile." ~ Job 9:27When will you smile? It makes a difference.
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