words of encouragement
Changing Paradigms With Encouraging Words
We often wonder if our kids are actually listening. Are they really paying attention as they sit and play with the world going on around them. One father found the answer to that question with his 4 year old daughter Lennon. Here is an excerpt from and interview given by her father Anthony Brock describing the details of how Lennon became a true YouTube sensation.
ARE OUR CHILDREN LISTENING? (Interview with Anthony Brock)
"As I drive around in my car taking care of errands I'm constantly listening to personal development audios. I listen to just about everyone you can imagine. There's Tony Robbins, Jack Canfield, Eric Thomas, Les Brown, and Eckhart Tolle to name a few. Many times as I'm driving around my 4 year old Lennon rides along with me. For the most part she just sits in her booster seat playing with her dolls, seemingly oblivious to the world around her. She never seemed to pay much attention to the personal development audios that I played, but everynow and then she would yell "Daddy, what does that word mean?" refering to a big word like "spirituality" or "consciously". I would give her the answer and a few words of encouragement surrounding the topic. Even though she would ask the occasional question I did'nt really believe that she was paying attention. One day as her mother and I were sitting on the couch talking, Lennon came walking into the room with a doll in each hand acting like they were talking to each other, but what they were saying was absolutely shocking. She was quoting a 3 minute monologue by Les Brown that I was listening to the previous week. Not only was she quoting it word for word, but she was quoting it with passion. She knew every pause, every inflection, and every word as if she had been studying this piece of material for the last couple of years. Needless to say her mother and I were shocked. I knew that she asked the occasional question as she played with her dolls in the back seat, but I never knew she had been listening to that degree. I have a video production company and I knew that this was something that I had to get on camera, so over the next couple of days we shot her first video which you can find on her YouTube channel. The response to the video was overwhelming and before we knew it we were shooting another. We are now in the process of shooting her third video and I must say that I am quite proud of that little girl. To date her video has been seen in over 135 countries and we have recieved countless comments and messages begging her to make more. This whole thing has been an amazing journey. I've learned a lot from her during this process, but there is one thing that I've learned that I'd like to pass on to other parents with small children. Even though your children may not seem like they're paying attention, they are. The first 4 or 5 years in a child's life are by far the most important in regards to learning. Be careful what you subject your little one to because they are listening. And it doesn't matter if they understand it or not, they are making connections every second with the things they observe around them, so make sure that the things around them are positive and empowering."
There is a wonderful message to be learned here. We must take full attention to our children's surroundings. We must not only nurture them physically, but emotionally and intellectually. Be careful what you say or let be said around your little ones. Offer them words of encouragement on a regular basis. They just might start quoting it back to you one day, good or bad.