Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Children have never been good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them. ~ James Baldwin
Yesterday morning the grandboys and I drove to work with my daughter. I needed to borrow her car to take Dylan to preschool since one of our vehicles is in the shop getting some work done on it. As we drove along my daughter began commenting on "stupid" this and "stupid" that. A voice piped up from the back seat, "Auntie, stupid is a bad word". That stopped her short. "Yes it is, sweetie", she said to Dylan. "I'll try not to say it." That lasted all of about...10 seconds. Over and over, "Stupid is a bad word!" every time she'd say it. At one point she rolled her eyes at me and said, "Enough is enough." But I smiled and said, "Well, you do say it a lot." It's hard not to, driving in Portland rush hour traffic. Even so, it's amazing how well little ears listen to us adults, isn't it? How often is what we say more of "Do as I say, don't do as I do!" when rearing our kids?