My son is five years old and my daughter is two. They are right around the age where you just have to laugh at some of the things they say. For instance, my daughter loves to eat candy more than anything else. She absolutely has to share everything she gets with her beloved baby, too. Her new thing recently is if she gets something to eat like a piece of candy, she’ll tell us she needs two of them (because her baby wants one). Of course, she usually ends up eating them both. If you ask me, that’s a pretty smart strategy.
My son recently went to Chuck E. Cheese with my in-laws for a birthday party. When he came back, he said, “Dad, it was so cool! You don’t even need coins anymore. They just give you a card and all the games are free!” I texted my father-in-law and asked him what happened. He definitely did have to pay for everything. I don’t think my son realized that the card was loaded up with money.
My son just started school this year, so he’s in a phase of trying to be big and strong. He wants to show the world that he’s superhuman and impervious to pain. The other night, though, he was running and fell on his hands and knees. He got up quickly and said, “Oh wow, that didn’t even hurt.” But then shortly afterward he started sobbing and let out a small “Ow.” In his heart, he just didn’t want anyone to see that it really did hurt. (I’m sure he picks that up from school.)
From a wisdom standpoint, I’m always in awe of the faith and innocence that children have. It’s a life lesson to take away from kids because they put their faith in things when we find it very difficult. Whether it involves putting their faith in a parent, a friend, or in God, it’s something that children do very easily. As we grow up, though, I think it becomes challenging for us because we pick up a lot of baggage with age. Sometimes I think we rob ourselves of something precious when we overthink things too much.
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