Isn’t this the cutest quote sign? I love it. Unfortunately, I can’t find the original source. If it belongs to you please let me know so that I can give you credit!
You know how every once in awhile you notice that your kids are doing something that directly mimics you? Does that scare you to death? Well, it down right frightens me. Especially when I hear them say something that they really shouldn’t say. Something that I said a few days before. Ahh, the pressure of being a good example. That “monkey see, monkey do” concept is true and it frightens me.
I have enjoyed the opportunity to drive two preschool car pools and one kindergarten carpool. The kids say the funniest things! They are the best! One of the most common topics of conversation goes something like this…”My Dad is tougher than your Dad. My Dad can lift up the whole world. In fact, my Dad can lift our car up with one hand. My dad could beat anyone at arm wrestling”.
Wow! I’m glad I’m not a Dad. I’m pretty sure I can’t do any of those things. Seriously though, have you ever stopped to contemplate what a hero a Dad is to their children? Even though Mom’s can’t lift up cars do lots of other things that could be considered heroic. From a child’s eye level every thing that their parents do is simply amazing! (Until they turn 12. We aren’t going to talk about that.)
You may or may not know what my boys are doing in each of these pictures. I will tell you, just in case you don’t now. They are pretending to weld. Welding is something that we do one our farm. A lot! See when you have metal fences like we do, and you have thousands of cows wandering through them each day, like we do…the fences need mending often. My boys love welding because it involves wearing a cool helmet so they can watch the really hot light/fire/whatever it is. Most of all they love it because they can pretend like they are their Dad.
And they love it is because it is manly! They get to hang out with their Dad while he welds and they watch. Then they come home from lunch. And go “weld” my wooden garden fence. By the way, you don’t weld wood, only metal. See, they are their play time includes them pretending like they are their Dad.
The point is, my boys mimic their Dad A-L-L the time. They want to be just like him. They want to work like him, talk like him and act like him. And that is a good thing! I really do love the quote by Harold B. Lee, “The most important work you will ever do will be within the walls of your own home”. Since my boys are always outside with their Dad, I’m going to stretch that quote to include “on the acres of your own farm”. I am convinced this is true. I am so grateful that my children have a Dad who is there for them every single day, usually the whole day. They learn so much from him by spending lots of time with him. I love that they want to be just like him!
Typically I make recipes for you to recreate for your family. Today I’m challenging all of us to make something more important today, and during the next week. Let’s all choose something to do that we hope our children see us do. Then watch for the “monkey see, monkey do” quote come true! We can be examples for our children. I know they notice far more than we we think! Good luck creating something important in the walls of your own home! I would love to hear how it goes!