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Teachable Moments With My 7 Year Old

I like to think of myself as a teacher to my children.  I really try to teach them life's lessons as they come.  Sometimes I am not very good at it, and other times words flow from my mouth.

This evening, as I was cooking dinner such a moment occurred. My 7 year old looked up at me with those big beautiful blue eyes and said something like, he dreamed he could have a nice car one day.   I looked at him and said
"You can have whatever you dream of."  His big eyes grew even bigger,
"I can have anything I dream?" he asked.
"Anything you want, you dream it first and then," I added "then, you have to work really hard and you can have whatever you want."

I could see the determination in his eyes as he processed the information I just told him.  

Of course he will learn along the way he can't always get whatever he wants, but he can work towards whatever he wants.

I love little moments like these because my parents didn't teach me life's lessons all that much, or give me a lot of encouragement. Mostly the only talks I got was when I did something wrong and it was usually from my father.

I look forward to seeing my sons determined face as he grows bigger and seeing what dreams he brings to life.

Love you son, you make mommy proud.

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Comments

Amy Involuntary said…
Aren't those teaching moments so sweet! Good for you for recognizing and acting on such a moment. He is lucky to have a mom like you!
Xazmin said…
I love teaching moments too! Your kids will always be grateful for them. Isn't it an awesome thing to be able to take the things from our own childhoods that we wish were different, and make those differences for our children?

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