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