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Unexpected Encouragement

Unexpected Encouragement

When you’re a mom, it seems you always have a child in tow. Moms are experts at grocery shopping, renewing car tags, buying birthday gifts, or even going to personal doctor’s appointments with a child tagging along.

As I was preparing for an upcoming yearly physical, I had to visit the lab a week early to have blood drawn. When I arrived, the lab technician asked for a urine sample before drawing my blood. My daughter, Grace, who was four at the time, followed me into the restroom.

After shutting the door behind us, I turned to tell Grace not to touch anything. “What you doin’ Mama,” she asked me. I told her I had to go potty in a cup, just like she does when she goes to the doctor. Grace was very familiar with going potty in a cup.

She stuck out her hand, and said very matter-of-factly, “I’ll hold the cup for you!” (Since that is my job when I take her to the doctor.) I politely declined, so she said, “I’ll just stand over here and cheer for you instead.”

Grace realized there are two important jobs when we have a doctor’s visit – the cup holder and the cheer leader. I hadn’t realized how much of a cheer leader I had been until Grace wanted to take my role.

As parents, there are so many unpleasant things our children have to face. Sometimes, there are things we can do to help them. And sometimes, all we can do is stand to the side and cheer. Don’t overlook that important job. Your children are watching and listening, even if you don’t realize it. Your encouraging words mean more than you know.

Perhaps, you are the one who needs to hear some uplifting words today. Good job, mama! Way to go, dad! You’re doing great. Keep up the good work!

By: Carol Hatcher is a former elementary teacher turned writer. This sassy southern author and speaker lives with her husband and three children in North Georgia. Come visit her at

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