Tuesday, February 2, 2010

What are you teaching your children?

We teach our children all kinds of things, from the abc's to lessons on how to deal with life.
But what is sinking in, and how do you really know? 

I'm a firm believer that our children learn by example.  They learn what to do and how to do it, from the actions that we, as parents, take.  In a bad situation, which you hope upon no one - we want our children to make the right decisions.

Sunday - we had one of those situations.  And my children made me so proud.

The twins were playing down the road with their cousin who is only a year younger than them.  Running and playing in the snow as all boys do.  They were in the back yard where a narrow creek runs the property line.  Apparently all the boys were jumping back and forth across a narrow part of the creek.  Then my nephew said, and I quote
"Watch the Master," as he jumped across a wider part of the creek. 
He missed the other side, and was in water up to his neck.  He didn't know what to do and was treading water to stay up.
T1 and T2 jumped into action.  T1 went running back to the house as fast as he could while, T2 stayed calm and stayed with my nephew.  T2 told him how to swim with his arms to reach a level where he could get out of the water.  And my nephew followed directions. 

Because they didn't freak out, fight over who was going to do what. Because they thought fast, my nephew didn't drown, or get hypothermia.  Help immediately arrived, and he was safe.

I am so proud of our boys!  And the new rule in our house,
No one is allowed to say "hey ya'll watch this" or on their level "watch the master."

What do you hope your kids have learned?

It's not only children who grow. Parents do too. As much as we watch to see what our children do with their lives, they are watching us to see what we do with ours. I can't tell my children to reach for the sun. All I can do is reach for it, myself. ~Joyce Maynard


  1. Oh how proud you must be! That is a wonderful story that you'll be able to share with them over and over.

    I hope that my son learns from us what it is like to be kind. Genuine kindness. I want him to care about others, whether he knows someone or not, and I don't want to find him constantly putting himself first.

    That is just one thing, but I think it is an important one.

  2. Very true! We all need to think about that. I'm sure we all will find something we need to work on!

  3. You must be so proud! Coming by through SITS!

  4. I hope my boys are learning how to care for others. Generally with each other, they are always fighting, wrestling, arguing etc. etc. With most other children though, they tend to be compassionate and careful. (At least while I'm there!!)

  5. They've got great heads on their shoulders! Way to go!

  6. Good for them to get help...too close for comfort!

  7. Don't you feel so accomplished?? I can't wait until the babe starts doing the right thing...just like her father and I taught her...oh, who am I kidding?!?! We're screwed!!


  8. That is awesome that your boys were such quick thinkers. When you think of all the "what if's" in a situation like that, it makes your heart hurt.

  9. That could have been tragic - YAY for your boys!! I am always so proud when I see my girls do or say soemthing they have learned from me. It makes everything worthwhile.

  10. Wow, that's quite a story. I'm so proud of your boys! You've taught them well.

  11. So sweet, happy to your boys sounds smart and of course, you should be proud!

  12. They did any awesome job. I hope JDaniel has learned to share with others. Stopping from SITS!

  13. I have chills! What an amazing story! Your children are serious inspirations.


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