My mom always had this quote hanging in our kitchen growing up:
We also had this hanging in bathroom:
Honestly, I can't say I've mastered that one yet. (In fact, I'm usually wildly dog-paddling and gasping for air.) But I'll always remember the words and I constantly strive to be a work hard and stay calm type of gal.
My early experience with reading the walls is the reason for the many not-so-subliminal messages hanging everywhere in my own home. Sure, it makes cute decor, but really I hang them with high hopes that my boys will soak them up and carry them off into their own lives when they're big.
Letters, numbers and colors in my little one's room...
Simple messages and reminders...
Reminders about our beliefs and our traditions... (This one hung in my Grandparents' living room and I always loved it.)
And my greatest hopes for my boys...
To some extent, as my kids grow and my decorating tastes change the words will evolve. (ABC's and 123's will be replaced with more grown-up thoughts to ponder.) In fact, I just purchased this one, this one is next, and I'm sure a few more of these smart thoughts will eventually find their way to a wall or the fridge.
Raising smart, motivated and inspiring kids obviously takes more than simply posting smart, motivational and inspirational quotes on the wall. Modeling those ideas in action is one of our many jobs as parents. (Although their house is very tidy now, my parents still play more than they clean.)
So that's my plan. With a few words on the wall and lots of time to practice and ponder, I'm hoping that at least a few of these messages will securely lodge themselves in my boys' brains before they head off to set up their own homes and raise their own kids.
I'm not the only person with this words-on-the-wall obsession. Which meaningful messages are you displaying at home? Do you post family rules? Lyrics from songs? I'd love to see 'em! If you have a link, post it in the comments and I'll pin some here.
By the way, sorry I haven't posted here in, like, forever. My absence has something to do with the quotes above. I've been busy just playing, holding my new sweet niece, heading back to my home town to help my sister launch her amazing 3rd book at our former high school, paddling like the devil to get some projects off my to-do list, and yes, even doing a bit of spring cleaning.