I remember the moments after my first son was born like it was yesterday. It was shortly after six in the morning, and I had spent the vast majority of the previous twenty-four hours in an exhausting labor. Like so many moms I know, I ended up having an emergency cesarean section. The decision came swiftly and before I knew it, I was laying in a cold and bright operating room with the lower half of my body shielded by a blue curtain. As the doctors worked, I looked up at my husband, my hand woven with his, feeling a mixture of excitement and fear. It took eighteen minutes to hear that sweet sound but when I did my whole world changed. It was my sons cries. A whimper and then a steady whine. They brought him to me swaddled, his full pink lips pressed firmly together and his eyes open wide. The love I felt was instant, immeasurable and all encompassing. Almost a decade later, I am a mother of three beautiful sons. Each entering the world with just as much of a profound impact on my life. It has been a joy to witness them as they receive this world, arms and eyes open wide, dwelling in radiant light. Anyone who has spent time around children knows the light I am talking about. A young child can embody all that is beautiful about the human experience. Children greet each day with excitement. They believe in the good in those around them. They love without condition, and they see endless possibilities for their lives.
As we know, the path to adulthood can be trying. Pain, grief, disappointment and heartache are inevitable facts of the human experience. Even the brightest light can dim in the face of negativity. Our children will inevitably question their worth, beauty and value. In a perfect world, we would be there for every threat to their humanity. However, as our children grow into complete human beings, they will venture boldly into this world without us, having experiences we could never predict. As adults who love them, it is our duty to release them into the world with the ability to protect their own lights. By affirming all that is good in them, we teach them to combat the inevitable negativity they will face on their path to adulthood. In so doing, we can instill in our children an unwavering confidence and belief that they can not only guard their own light but spread that same beautiful light throughout the world.
I wrote my latest book I am loved! Positive Affirmations For Our Children to protect and spread that beautiful light. It is available for pre-order now on Kindle and will be available in paperback on February 14, 2017. I hope you love sharing these beautiful affirmations with your children as much as I do.
I am loved! Positive Affirmations For Our Children will be available February 14, 2017. Pre-order it NOW HERE.
About The Author
Faye McCray is an attorney by day and writer all the time. Her work has been featured on My Brown Baby, AfroPunk, AfroNews, For Harriet, Madame Noire, Black Girl Nerds, Black and Married with Kids, and other popular publications. Faye also has a number of short stories and a full length novel available for purchase on Amazon. Most importantly, Faye is a proud wife and mother to three beautiful and talented young boys who she is fiercely passionate about raising. You can find Faye on Twitter @fayewrites and on the web at fayemccray.com.