Sunday, October 16, 2011
Yes, I spelled it correctly. I mean kidness. This post is about the random things that kids in our family say.
My most recent example has now been played out with three of my four kids. So maybe not random. My wife and I have talked about the expectation with our kids that they should perform well in school so they can one day go off to college. We know they are listening. Because either immediately or within a few minutes of the discussion we hear, "Mom/Dad, don't worry. I'm not going to go off to college! I'm going to stay home with you." (Oh! How sweet.)
Now, we all understand this is from the point of view of a little one that needs Mom/Dad. So I'm not playing with the security and sense of comfort that our kids have and need. But, as a parent, this is one of those moments that you have to capture. This is a perfect thing to read back as they head off to college, or a big life event or a wedding as they leave the nest.
So, I have had each of my kids that have made the statement write the statement on a piece of paper. We then put it in an envelope. The little one then signs their name and writes the date on the outside of the envelope. This is then placed in the safety deposit box.
I can't wait for the time we will be able to share the statement. It will bring back thoughts of the original statement and frame the existing event in a whole new way.
Feel free to copy.