Lately, I’ve seen a lot of articles about what NOT to say to parents with big families. I get it. With five kids seven and under, I’ve heard, “You’ve got your hands full!” about a million times. But really, I think most people just don’t know what to say. And yes, while people could “just not say anything,” my double-seater cart that is overflowing with children and has no room for groceries just kind of begs for a comment.
So, to help everyone out and put things in a positive light, here are five actual things people have said to me that have made my day.
1. “They are so well-behaved.”
Whenever someone says this to me, it makes my whole day happier. I try to say it to people as often as I can. It just makes you feel like you’re winning.
2. “Lots of helpers!”
A woman once said this to me without a hint of sarcasm in her voice and it totally changed my outlook. Yes! Yes, they are.
3. “How fun!”
It really is a blast. I have a constant party with me wherever I go. It’s nice when someone sees that side of things.
4. “You must love kids.”
Yes. I do. That’s why I have five carseats in my minivan. And if someone sees that, it makes me feel like they really get me.
And my current favorite…
5. “You’ve got your hands full. And you’re doing it so gracefully!”
So there you go. Five ways you can make a fellow human’s day more sweet.
What about you? What can I say to you to make your day?