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Planting the Seeds

Our routine is a simple one. Every night after stories, I tuck each child into bed.  When they are settled in their cozy nests surrounded by those 2 or 3 stuffed animals they insist on snuggling with, I reach over to hug and kiss them good nite. "Sweet dreams, I love you" – all those important words get said.  Those are the words that water the garden, the words that cause everything to grow.  But I am beginning to realize that right before sleep is the perfect time for planting too.  Why not pull out a seed or two of inspiration and plant it softly in their ear, where hopefully it floats to their brain and begins to germinate and sprout.

This is what I whispered to my son last night:

You are so smart, and so brave, and you work so hard at things!  I know you can do anything in the world you want to –

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