Friday, April 19, 2013
Q is for...
Q is for QUESTION. I've raised two sons and I have four grandchildren. All parents and grandparents know about the 'terrible twos' stage, the 'no to everything' stage and the 'fall out, screaming tantrum' stage of early child rearing. There is also the 'incescent "why?"' stage. I found this one more easily handled as a grandparent than as a parent. I watched both of my sons each go through it twice with clenched teeth and exhausted patience when their children were small, "but why daddy?" for the hundredth time in a day. I just smiled and thought "what goes around, comes around, it's your turn now". I also reminded them of how important the 'why stage' is when children are growing up. A child who QUESTIONS 'why' when they are little and receives a patient satisfying answer in return will have the courage to ask QUESTIONS as they are growing up and as adults rather than to always blindly accept things as they are. We want our children to grow up to be good leaders and to recognize when changes are needed and to be able to choose when to act on them.
So, if any of you have little ones in your life, remember that they will be in charge of the world you get old in.
Q is for QUESTION.