The second I found out I was pregnant,
I started thinking about the type of Mama I wanted to be,
and what I wanted for my little one, and the lessons that would be important
for me to teach them.
This is an on going list, but here are the first few lessons I hope
my little man will take and carry with him throughout his lifetime.
Keep a kind heart.
In a world where there is so much negativity,
I want to teach Jackson to keep a kind heart.
I want to teach him to be aware of other peoples feelings,
and I want him to learn how his actions effect those around him.
I want to teach him to do things for people without expecting anything in return.
I want him to know that a small gesture can go a long way,
especially for those in need.
I want him to know that everyone goes through tough times
and those tough times will be when others will need his kind heart the most.
Your time. Your heart. Your smile. Your stories.
You will have so much to offer this world,
and I truly believe you will be able to help make it a better place.
Don't be afraid to share what you have with those around you.
Interact with those around you.
In a time where everyone is so consumed with their own lives,
and of course technology,
I want to teach Jackson to take the time to interact with others.
And not those close to him, those that we pass by in every day life.
Some days, I walk around my neighborhood, run errands, go in and out of stores,
pass dozens of people, with zero interaction.
I hold doors open, and will say hi,
and just watch them walk by with not as much as a glance in my direction.
So Jackson, don't just look down, or look away.
It's okay to actually look at someone while passing, and say "hi" to them,
or just simply acknowledge them with a smile.
It will make the both of you feel good, I promise.
How about you? What lessons are important for you to teach your little ones?