“Can you tell me about your mom?”

I asked a preschooler, “Can you tell me about your mom?” Here is what he shared:

My mom is 14,7 years old. She weighs 16 pounds. She is 100 inches tall. She has a little bit shiny hair. She has greenish eyes. She likes to watch the weatherman on T.V.. She likes to eat cocoa wheats and peanuts. She does not like to eat poop. She doesn’t like to climb a climbing tree and hates noise. She likes to teach me.  If I could give her anything, I would give her her own bedroom. She looks pretty when she wears nothing. Oh, I mean I don’t know what she looks pretty in. Oops!

I love her because I do.”

My mom

My mom

Asking children about their mommies has always been a fun thing to do. You never know what they may say, and you never know what you can fully believe. Just as you are thinking they are so insightful, they throw you off by telling you something you just cannot fully understand.

With a child, it is hard to tell lying from embellishing to misunderstanding to just not being developmentally ready to understand the truth. Judging people as adults, we can run into the same problems. We may like to think we know people and can understand their motives and personalities, but we really can’t.

Everyone has the ability to judge others and form opinions about who they are and what they enjoy. Everyone also has the ability to be wrong a lot.

That mommy that was described as 14, 7 years old is actually me almost twenty years ago. Some of the observations of my preschool son were not the wording I would have chosen to describe myself, yet I loved them because I do.

I want to wish all mothers a Happy Mother’s Day! May all of you reflect on what you would like to be remembered for and what you can do to make that memory a reality.

  • If someone were to describe you, what do you think would be the first things they would say?
  • What are the first things you would prefer they say?
  • What can you do to make impressions of you more what you would like reflected?
  • Will you take the time this week to talk to either your mother or another mother and tell them they are loved even if they are not fully understood?

“It is not until you become a mother that your judgment slowly turns to compassion and understanding.”
Erma Bombeck

 

Can you please dry your hands?

I asked a preschooler, “Can you please dry your hands?” The preschooler replied, “Can you please let me be happy with wet hands?”

Dripping wet hands

Dripping wet hands

We often take the pleasure of water for granted. About 1/3 of the world’s population does not have access to adequate water. Here in the United States we have faucets that advertise we do not even have to turn them on to work. We just touch them, and some are even touchless. We cannot even be bothered by touching a lever to get our water! Water is easily taken for granted in affluent areas.

Children however, do not always take things for granted. If they like something, they don’t think about how easily accessible it is or how rare it is. They just enjoy it. Water is something our bodies need to live, but enjoyment is also something our bodies desire.

Whether your hands are wet or dry as you are reading this, I hope you can find enjoyment today.

  • When was the last time you truly enjoyed water?
  • Will you take a moment today and experience hot and cold water?
  •  Is there anything you could do to bring water to those in need?

“When a child is locked in the bathroom with water running and he says he’s doing nothing but the dog is barking, call 911.”

Erma Bombeck

The power of a preschooler will change your mind…..if you let it.