Smell the Roses
It is important to teach our children how to, “Stop and smell the roses”. In our very fast paced and very busy lives we don’t have or take the time to truly appreciate many blessings of each day. Helping our families and our children learn to take a pause and be thankful for the little gifts in each day will develop a heart of thankfulness.
What does the phrase “stop and smell the roses” mean?
Help them paint a visual picture of the very act of smelling a rose. What do they see? What colors, smells and textures? Then, explain that the phrase refers to slowing down from the monotonous and the mundane busyness of life to enjoy the pleasures all around.
What things do we not take time to appreciate each day?
This could be the beauty of a sunset, playing with the dog or even spending time with a sibling. Listen carefully for what makes your children happy and to what they find good and pleasing about everyday.
What keeps us from smelling the roses?
Identifying the distractions might just help us eliminate them. Be an example of what you could also eliminate and how you could be more intentional in your day in smelling the roses. As your children share their opinions about what the busyness in your family is keeping you from, accept their answer and discuss solutions.
Many adults have expressed regrets in being way too busy and not appreciating the beauty of a day or taking time with loved ones. The pressure we put on ourselves under to reach financial goals or material gain can keep us from the greatest gifts right in front of each of us. Be intentional and smell a few roses today. Your children will be thankful.