I stopped using an alarm clock the day I became a mother. My daughters became my alarm clock. They woke me up at all hours of the night and still do sometimes. I am so tuned into them that they’ve rarely had to wail or scream. If I heard a slight moan or whisper from down the hall, I ‘d be up. When they were babies and we co-slept they’d wiggle and kick ever so slightly and I just knew to give them my milk.
These days, for the most part, they sleep through the night, from 7:30pm to around 7am. Bella usually comes out first in the morning. Most of the time I hear her door open and the footsteps in the hall. Then she goes into the living room and turns on PBS. I officially get out of bed when I know it is 7:00. I know it is 7:00 when I hear this:
Arthur has been coming on at the same time for as long as we’ve been watching PBS Kids, I hear the song everyday, but today I listened with my heart for the first time. It truly is a beautiful message to share with our children. It is the most important advice I would give my daughters, packaged into a song that makes you want to smile and dance! Here are the lyrics in case you didn’t catch them or couldn’t listen.
Everyday when you’re walking down the street, everybody that you meet
Has an original point of view
And I say HEY! (HEY!) what a wonderful kind of day.
Where you can learn to work and play
And get along with each other
You got to listen to your heart
Listen to the beat
Listen to the rhythm, the rhythm of the street
Open up your eyes, open up your ears
Get together and make things better
By working together!
It’s a simple message and it comes from the heart
Believe in yourself
Well that’s the place to start
I want my daughters to believe in themselves. And I love that this song tells them each time they hear it that that is the place to start. Because really if they don’t believe in themselves, who else will? If they do not listen to their hearts they will simply become cogs in the wheel. I want them to trust their instincts, so that they can recognize trustworthy people. If they live from a place of love and trust within, they will not be threatened by others. They can feel love, compassion, and understanding for those who are different. They will be able to work with others and make thing better.