As some of you already know, I absolutely adore my children. All of them. From the 15 year old, down to the (nearly) 2 year old, they are a constant source of smiles. I’m often amazed by just how much they emulate the things I do and say. With the older ones, I work diligently to instill in them honesty, integrity and compassion by demonstrating these characteristics toward them and others. For the younger ones, it’s delightful when they pick up on a new action… like cleaning up their toys or putting on their clothes. But most of the time, the smaller victories come in the form of them simply following instructions the first time, instead of the usual repeating that takes place ad nauseum.
Through all of this, I will take every opportunity to provide them with encouragement. I’ve learned that a well placed “Good job!” can go a long way to provoking repeated good behavior. I have to laugh thought at times when Aaron uses one of my well coined phrases. For instance, after I made him a particularly tasty Almond Butter and Peach Spread sandwich, he looked at me and said, “Thanks, Dad. You’re a good job!” with a level of enthusiasm that makes everything in the entire world seem just bit brighter. It was all I could do to keep from laughing out loud. I barely managed a controlled “You’re very welcome, Aaron” through my stifled chuckling. Upon seeing his smile from ear to ear, I followed that up with a very sincere, “You’re a good job too!”