If you are not yelling at your kids, you are not spending enough time with them. – Reese Witherspoon
I didn’t get to raise my own children, but I taught children’s Sunday School classes for over 40 years. I also taught a few adult Sunday School classes… briefly. I begged to go back to teach the kids. Adults have way too much baggage!
There were times I wondered if God just didn’t trust me with my own kids. It really does seem as though it would be the heaviest load of responsibility you could possibly get – I mean, you are molding a little person’s character for the rest of their life – and wow – that is HUGE!
Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. – Proverbs 22:6
As a teacher, I had responsibility for other people’s kids for an hour once a week, which in the grand scheme of things is not that much. Their teachers at school and their coaches and even their band directors have more time with them. Chances are that my influence will not make a huge dent one way or the other.
Hours after our first child was born, a nun at the hospital handed my husband a typed poem:
“Be careful where you go, young man,
Be careful what you do.
Two little eyes are watching you now –
Two little feet will be following you.”
It’s easy to overlook that those little eyes soak up things you might not be aware you’re transmitting. Like how family members treat one another. How often please and thank you punctuate the day. Whether you come to a full stop at a stop sign. The kids might look oblivious, but they’re watching. – Paula Spencer
Children are so impressionable and tender. All we adults, but parents in particular, need to be so careful when we label others a certain way or make off-hand or slightly off-color remarks. You may not think those little ones are paying attention, but they really do pattern themselves after you. We have a choice to teach love or hate, peace or combat, patience or impatience.
I’m reminded of a little song I taught in the Kindergarten class. Oh, be careful little eyes what you see… remember that one?
No, I’m certainly not an expert on raising children. I’m just a children’s Sunday School teacher who has seen a lot through the years. Take it for what it is. 🙂