This morning, Emma found one of her pretty dress up earrings. Just one. She was devastated. This was our conversation:
Emma: "Mommy, I need my other earring!"
Me: "So go in your room and find it."
Emma: "It's not in there! I looked and looked and looked!"
Me: "Well, I guess you only have one earring, then."
Emma: "Mommy, will I still be beautiful with only one earring?"
Me: stop what I am doing, turn to her and look right at her: "Sweetie, you are beautiful because of who you are on the inside. The outside does not make you a beautiful person, it's what's inside that counts."
Emma: "Ewwww, Mommy, your breath smells stinky. I don't want you to cuddle me if you are stinky on the inside. Will you go brush your teeth, please?"
Thaks a lot, kid.