Simple Bounty

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Children Will Listen January 30, 2008

Filed under: Parenting — katieosborne @ 4:16 pm
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Since my last post, I have had this song from Sondheim’s musical Into the Woods running through my head, and I wanted to share it here:

Careful the things you say,
Children will listen.
Careful the things you do,
Children will see.
And learn.
Children may not obey,
But children will listen.
Children will look to you
For which way to turn,
To learn what to be.
Careful before you say,
Listen to me.
Children will listen.

Careful the wish you make,
Wishes are children.
Careful the path they take,
Wishes come true,
Not free.
Careful the spell you cast,
Not just on children.
Sometimes the spell may last
Past what you can see
And turn against you…
Careful the tale you tell.
That is the spell.
Children will listen…

What an awesome responsibility we have as parents! God entrusts us, flawed as we are, with these innocent, precious people, who’s destiny is largely in our hands. Our choices, good and bad, mold them.

I don’t think adults give children enough credit. We don’t believe they take in as much as they do. We think we can get away with saying and doing (or not doing) things that we wouldn’t say and do to adults. Something as small as not giving our full attention is not lost on children. Our choices, even little things we often don’t even think about, are huge. Because parenting is constant and often mundane, it is easy to get lazy; it is easy to take for granted how much our actions and words impact these little ones. It’s my goal to be more mindful and present when caring for Jonas, as well as Grace, Jonathan, and Ella, whom I watch a few days a week.