She’s three years old. I’m over fifty. The gaps in our knowledge and understanding are enormous. She is insatiably curious, like the elephant’s child. I love to teach. We are a great pair.
And so naturally, I learn something from her every day.
1. Slow down: Three-year-olds can move like lightning when they want to…but usually they’d prefer to take their time. I match my steps to hers, so that she can keep up. I stop whatever I’m doing to see what she’s made. I put my agenda aside when she is hurt. It is an exercise in condescension…I stoop to her level, to meet her needs. And I think about God stooping to earth, meeting us where we are, taking time to listen and to care.
Posted in Christian, Faith, family, Meditations
Tagged Ask for help, children, God the Father, grandchildren, learning from children, Share, Slow down, Wonder
In case you (somehow) hadn’t heard, one of the best family films in recent memory will finally get its sequel:
(via Total Film) – “…Yep, The Incredibles 2 is a reality, and we couldn’t be more excited.
Officially announced by Disney Chairman and CEO Robert A. Iger at today’s shareholder’s meeting, that sound you can probably hear is Pixar fans’ brains exploding.
The project is in the very early stages – Brad Bird has only just put pen to paper – but just the fact that Disney / Pixar will be continuing the adventures of Mr. Incredible, Elastigirl, and their children Violet, Dash, and Jack-Jack is reason enough to celebrate…”
And the official “Tweet” is below:
Who knew? I’m ALSO living an “Alternative Lifestyle”.
Welcome to the new-and-improved United States of America, where traditional maturity and responsible decision-making are now considered to be “counter-cultural”…
Since this is Valentine’s Weekend, and last Sunday was Worldwide Marriage Day, it seems appropriate to celebrate one of the greatest gifts that God ever gave to us: marriage.
I stumbled across a brief sermonette by Jonathan Bartlett of Bartlett Publishing, which was given at his brother-in-law’s wedding. It hits on themes which are, sadly, too rarely heard in our society nowadays:
My beautiful wife was homeschooling our two sons when I left for work this morning and she was doing a wonderful job, as always. For whatever reason, this video then jumped into my mind, …and made me chuckle.
Our boys are older than the ones in the clip, but I can still relate to every word. We posted this a couple years back and, after watching it again, it seems to hold up nicely.
I’ll reiterate here what I said back then: “…if ALL hip-hop was this entertaining, I’d listen to it waaaay more often…”
If today’s children truly are the leaders of tomorrow, we are going to have the most passive, ossified leaders in the history of the planet.
It’s no secret that the tree-climbing, BB-gun-shooting, rub-some-dirt-on-it ways of past generations bear no resemblance to today’s bubble-wrapped youth. Trying to eliminate pain of every kind, both physical and psychological, has resulted in a society where no one is supposed to keep score (even though kids still do), and games like Dodge Ball are widely banned.
But is this really healthy? Didn’t we all learn how to get back up after we fell? Didn’t we learn how to take a punch, or play through pain? Didn’t we figure out that scraped-up knees and elbows were a reasonable trade-off for seeing how fast you can run, or how high you can jump?
Not according to the risk averse, anti-fun squad otherwise known as today’s parents and educators:
Posted in Education, family, parenting
Tagged bubble wrap, children, helmets, kids, Nerf balls, parenting, Public schools, schools, students, teachers