Saturday, August 26, 2006

A Life Lesson

Yesterday afternoon at the fair my son played in this sort of sandbox that they had set up but instead of using sand they used grain, dried pinto beans, and corn. They had tons of small tractors in there for the kids to play with but my son kept taking others' toys away.

Patiently, my husband and I kept teaching and showing him how to share while talking to another Mom. In response, this Mom said about sharing: "It's a life lesson, one that I'm still learning."

I've been thinking about this off and on for a day now and realizing not only is she SO right but how the heck can I expect to teach my son something that I'm not very good at. I gripe if my husband wants a bite of my ice cream or pretty much anything that I'm eating. A couple of hours ago I thought of a bunch of ways that I needed to share more- now I don't remember but I think I can make my point anyway.

Seriously, it's not only the sharing thing because he's still young it's everything else. I am so not a perfect example of probably anything I'm going to be teaching our son over the years so how am I going to do it? How can God expect ME to mold and shape my son when I am so imperfect? I'm sure that this must be one of life's parenting lessons in that I get to relearn all of these lessons in hopes that they might actually stick! I guess that's also why I need God to help me because I have absolutely no clue on my own!!!!!!!

2 comments:

Andrew said...

Every parent on this planet is imperfect. That doesn't stop us from doing our job, it just adds spice. The good news is, you don't have to teach your son to be perfect. He will never be perfect. You can be a good person, though, and teach him to be the same. That's the best any of us can do so we have to be satisfied with that. (And learning to be satisfied with that is one thing you should teach him...)

Andrew
To Love, Honor and Dismay

Stephanie said...

Wow, I think that is something that we can all focus on. I need to be reminded sometimes.