speaks. After having a few of her friend’s parents come claiming this daughter had hurt their daughter’s feelings, a pattern was starting to be noticed. Even at home this sweetie was saying things a little too straight, and needed to learn to soften her speech. For example, seeing some white specks on a friend’s
shirt this child asked, “What’s that?” A little embarrassed the friend said, “Oh, that’s dandruff”. Miss speak before she thinks retorted,“That’s gross”. Not the best way to win friends.
We have a daughter that was sounding and looking grumpy in situations I was sure she wasn’t feeling that way. As I observed her answer a co-worker with no eye contact, monotone voice and a serious facial expression, I knew we had a problem. When confronted she had no idea what I was talking about and assured me she didn’t feel grumpy. So for the next couple of days I continued to point out when she did this same type of thing. A little effort to respond with eye contact, cheerful countenance and a friendly voice is being worked on.
Another friend noticed her older children tend to expect the other to serve them. At the beach, one child threw a toy into the water to rinse it off and told the other child to get it. WHAT?! The second child responded, “You put it there, you get it.” Child number one, “Oh, just get it.”Second child bent over and picked up the toy. There we have it, another opportunity to teach and train.
This is education. Observing what a child needs to learn and then
teaching them that. In the normal educational system there are a certain number of days (with summers off) to learn. As parents we are given a lifetime to educate our children. Even as adults, children are still wise to seek the wisdom of their parents, knowing they have years of experience to draw from.
This type of education is not just the passing on of facts. It
cannot be measured with a multiple choice test or an essay. The education that God has called us to as a parent is the passing on of His wisdom.
Many of us are concerned that our child gets a good education, as
we should be, but what education is our Savior concerned our children get?
Just a little mid-summer reminder that just because school is
out, education is not.
Isaiah 2:17 “The arrogance on man will be brought low and pride of men humbled; the Lord alone will be exalted in that day.”