Friday, July 12, 2013

Why Our Son Has A Motto

By the time Grayson turned three, we'd given him his very own motto to recite as often as possible. 

Before your roll your eyes, allow me to digress...
You'll remember that I wrote a Garrett Family Mission Statement, as well as a Marital Mission Statement. Then there's the whole "I majored in Communication" thing, because I'm kind of obsessed with the power of words, as well as writing and speaking. {See my "What I Believe" page.} In conclusion, it should come as no surprise that my children are going to have mottos. They were doomed from birth! Ha ha!

What does Grayson say?
Grayson's Motto: 
I am confident. 
I'm important. 
Jesus loves me. 
It's easy to make friends. 
And I don't make fun of other kids. 

How often does he say it?
Whenever we remember to ask him, which is about 4 times a week. He's only 4, so I don't expect him to simply blurt it out for no reason. We continually reference certain parts of his motto when there's a good example. {I.e. When he's around kids he doesn't know, or when we talk about God.}

Why do we like him to say these words?
I read somewhere that people are most likely to believe things when THEY SAY them {as opposed to just thinking it, or hearing a statement from someone else.} I want Grayson to believe these 5 sentences, no matter what, every day of his life. I want him to be a confident boy, surrounded by friends, never bullying or making fun of others. Additionally, I never want my son to doubt Jesus' love for him. 

Why those particular sentences?
I could've given Grayson 1,000 things to remember. "My parents are proud of me. I am a great success. Jesus is always with me. I am kind and like to share." And on and on and on. Since there are too many things, I chose these 5 power statements. 

Friends, I'm not a better mom than anyone else. 
My son may have a motto, but he also has meltdowns! 
I'm simply taking specific measures to increase his confidence, his awareness of other children and his knowledge of Christ's unconditional love. These statements alone won't ensure success, but it's my hope that they'll serve him well as he grows. 

Now...I can't wait for little Sutton to have a motto, too! 
{Perhaps it should start with "I don't put Mommy's new lipstick on my entire head."}
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Do you have a motto? What do you think about giving one to your child?

This week, I'm linking up with Blissful and Domestic 
and Doing You Well Wednesday at Prowess and Pearls

Many Blessings,

32 comments:

Rea T said...

i like it that you started young with your kids to have a motto..

i grew up with a motto and let me share it to you meredith..

"work hard...
pray hard...
be honest and sincere...

that's what my parents always taught us while we were growing up and when i was young, i don't really care much about it until maybe when i was in high school then i always try to live based on that motto...

will be sharing this same motto to my kids too :)

huggies♥
rea

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Ashley Ditto said...

Adorable post! I enjoyed this!! Hope you have a wonderful night, friend!

heidi said...

You are so right words are powerful, and it's great that you are starting him out at a young age with such powerfully positive words. Hope you have a great day.

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Danielle said...

Love it! And I also love the "{Perhaps it should start with "I don't put Mommy's new lipstick on my entire head."}" part! *Smile* Hope you have a great weekend!!

Danielle

dee -@ The Old Fat Hen said...

I like that your son says this.If it works for you good.I try to say these to our boy but maybe a motto to remember would be good as well-love dee x

Lala H said...

I really love the idea on having your son recite such positive affirmations. I might have to do the same with my kids.

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ChatterBlossom said...

This is a great idea! And yes, you little girl may want to get an early lesson on lipliner to keep her color from straying... ;-)
-Jamie
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must love junk said...

OH, this just melted my heart! I don't have kids, but I can just picture that little cutie saying his 'motto'! I think it's fantastic! :)
Susan

Michell Pulliam said...

Hey there Meredith!! Welcome back lady...missed you! I took a much needed sabbatical also. :-) What you're doing with your babies is awesome!! It's so important to teach them how to love Christ, themselves and others(at a young age). I love that you're taking extra steps to ensure they become well-rounded kids...so needed in the society we're living in now. As for Sutton...can you say adorable! Again...welcome back my friend! Have a lovely week! ;-)xoxoxo

chateau chic said...

Very good truths to impress upon Grayson, especially in a world that bombards our young people with so many untruths!
Mary Alice

Julia Terpstra said...

I loved this post, and I think that my kids need their own statements too! I love Beth Moore's statements that went with her believing God study:
God is who he says he is.
God can do what he says he can do.
I am who God says I am.
I can do all things through Christ.
His word is alive and active in me.
One of the best things I've done is memorize those truths.
It would be a great summer project to have the kids write their own statements, Cam is going into high school... he can really use something to help keep him on track! Thanks so much, M!!!
Have a great day,
xoxo jules

Sarah said...

I love this. I've actually never heard of a kid having one but honestly really like the idea. Might have to steal it in a couple years when Drew understands what he's saying. :)

Suzan Sweatman said...

Oh how I wish I could go back in time and do this - what a fabulous idea!!!!!
XOXO

Sunni said...

I love this! I am going to try and adopt this motto with my girls.

We seem to be on the same page in parenting. :) I'm a new follower!

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Jessica said...

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Denise said...

This is a wonderful plan! I love everything that you are teaching him. All so important. And what a little cutie he is!

Linda Primmer said...

How sweet this is. You are so clever with your children. Good idea about not putting Mommy's lipstick all over her head. Enjoy your week Meredith and thank you for being so sweet and supportive. xoxo Linda

Design_Fluff said...

I do believe we tend to believe words spoken rather than thought as well. Love this idea, Meredith. :)

victory said...

I really love the way you are using a motto to teach your son valuable principles that not only build character and self-esteem, but also a love for Christ.

I love the new blog look. Blessings to you and your family!

Michelle Nahom said...

I love that idea! This helps give them confidence to do the right things - such a great idea! I think it will work with older kids too...I think I am going to ask mine to make their own mottos. Saying it and writing it down makes it much more real than just being in your head. Visiting from Doing You Well Wednesday!

Lisa said...

They are never too young to start a motto. I love the photos!

Joi @ Rx Fitness Lady said...

I think it's a great idea to have mottos for kiddos! It is an awesome way to aid in their rearing. I remember all the little saying my Mother said to us but I didn't really think of them as my mottos more or less her rules and standards. I dig it though and totally see the effectiveness. I usually just try to go by bible verses unless of course you count the PFL theme ; Live Healthy & Active. Be Prosperous. ;)

Mary Reed said...

Meredith, I love this idea! I wish I had thought to do this when my kids were young!!
Blessings to you, my friend ~ Mary

Patty said...

Your motto is great! I never thought of that, but it sounds like a good idea. Kids have enough crazy things to go through these days and the more they are equipped to handle them, the better. Good job, Meredith.

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Kate Elizabeth said...

Just visiting from the Blissful & Domestic Linky Party... I love the motto idea! Thanks for sharing!

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Lady Linda said...

Thank you for visiting my blog! We are so excited about the grandbaby! I loved your post and your son's motto! How cute and very special. What a great idea.
Blessings to your darling family.
Linda

Lena said...

Meredith, it's such an awesome idea. I love how simple yet powerful these statements are. You, guys, are great parents!!

Jayma D said...

Love it! :)

Jayma D said...

Love it! :)