Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Out of the Mouths of Babes...

It is amazing the things children say.  What I love about my Cecely is that she is completely honest.  she is the type of kid who tells on herself.  When she and Titus get into a scuffle, I always ask Cecely what happened, to which she will tell me the play by play.  She'll say, "I pushed Titus because he wouldn't get out of my way."  To which I usually say, "Was that a good choice?"  And she says, "Nope."  And, I'll say, "So what happens next?" And she'll reply "I am going to be in trouble."  Enter the waterworks...the thing is, she tells the truth, knowing that there will be consequences.  She doesn't lie.  I love that about her.

There are other who have no problem telling a lie.  Titus likes to tell half of the truth.  I will say to him "What happened" and the response is usually that he has forgotten, he doesn't know, or he doesn't want to get in trouble.  He thinks not answering me will save him from punishment.  I'm trying to teach him that just makes things worse.

Still, there are others who just flat-out lie and try to get others in trouble.  I am thankful that Cecely has a compassionate heart and usually tries to keep others from getting in trouble.  I am grateful that she knows the importance of honesty.  I am also thankful that Titus is young enough to learn that consequences are a natural part of telling a lie, or half truth.

I wish that adults would realize these simple lessons from their children.  I wish that they would see that their children, the words they say, the character they have are a direct reflection of the kind of parents they are.  Kids tell it like it is...the thing is, they are going to tell what they have been listening to at home!

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