A few weeks back I read a beautiful post Rachel Macy Stafford titled “Six Words You Should Say Today“. This post reminded me how often our words as parents and adults tend to correct or instruct a child rather than support them in seeing their abilities, their gifts, their unique qualities.

Rachel encourages readers to use six words: “I love to watch you_____ .” These little words have amazing power when shared from the heart as outgrowths of observation. I would venture to say many adults could also benefit from hearing these six little words also spoken to them.

With Mother’s Day approaching, I have been thinking of my mom. As a child I don’t think I ever told her how much I loved to watch her,  to share with her, to make music with her or to be with her. As she has passed away, I think I’ll pay it forward this Mother’s Day with a  song for my daughter (and you).

Whether you are a mother, a father, a guardian, or a friend to a young person, I invite you to use this song substituting attributes about your own child. It’s good no matter the day or the season.

Lyrics:

__________ oh, my dear child, I love you for what you are.  I love to watch you ________. I love to hear you ________. I love  (more lengthy descriptions here). Unique and special, yes, your are.  I love you and I always will.