Is it possible to teach your children to be too honest? I had this rather blasphemous thought after last evening.
Logan had been running through the main floor here and since that is a big no-no, I scooped him up and plopped him on my lap to continue our “instruction” regarding this rule. After going through my little speech about obeying Mommy and Daddy when being told not to run through the house, he tips his head back and says, “Eww! Your breath doesn’t smell good.”
So much for the lesson learned. And I’m afraid this mommy didn’t have enough self-control to keep from laughing at that very honest comment.
Then today after church we all came home hungry and ready for a delicious meal of ham, mashed potatoes, corn and salad. Everyone was enjoying it immensely when Terrel says (speaking of the food), “Mom, do you know what my worst thing is?”
Well Mom was none too pleased since she had put quite a bit of work into that meal. So another lesson had to be properly learned and instruction given yet again. Do not label the food on your plate in numerical order from best to worst. Eat it all and thank the Lord we have enough of it!
Honesty is a virtue I highly value, as God Himself does. And hand-in-hand with that virtue is humility. You can very seldom have one without the other. At least when you have children, it is guaranteed they will run on parallel tracks. God in His great wisdom knew we parents with our high and lofty ideas would need to be taken down a notch or two . . . . and so He sent us five truthful munchkins.
But in all honesty, maybe I really should go look for a breath mint.
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