Kids Say the Cutest Things
Proverbs 3:1 “My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments.”
Deuteronomy 6:7 “You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up.”
3 John 1:4 “I have no greater joy than this, to hear of my children walking in the truth.”
There are a lot of things I miss about our kids being little, but probably one of the biggest is the way they would mispronounce a word or use it in the wrong context. When they would say it with their cute little mouths attached to their cute chubby cheeks and big eyes, it was almost too precious to correct. I tried to write them down because I knew over the years, those memories would fade away. I am so glad I did. Young parents, keep a journal nearby and write down cute things they say and do! You will be happy to have it when your kids are teenagers. That way you can remember they used to be cute and precious, as they try to roll their eyes at you.
Some of my favorites were: Sidewards for sideways. Onion for Camden. Whobuddy for somebody. Knuckle for snuggle. Zompies for Zombies. How they all thought OP was one letter in the alphabet...L, M, N, OP, Q, R. Grape Papa for Great Papa (They thought he really liked grapes). The months they all were saying “Aye Aye Captain” to me instead of “Yes, Mom.” The way they thought the game GoFish was called GoldFish. When Caleb was studying types of sentences in school and told me I use mainly command sentences. The moon and sun were called shiners. Butcept for except. Police cars were called WeeWoos. Carley's New Years resolution at two was to buy more gumballs. Boys' moms will get this one...when Cade was potty training and named his poop for the longest time according to shape: He-Man with two eyes, a stick carrot, a small mountain etc. Hey, what ever gets them to use the potty. The list could go on and on. I often considered not correcting their cute but incorrect use of words, but I didn't want them to develop their own language and not be able to get a job one day. Because then they would probably be living in my basement.
When kids are young and learning proper ways to speak and live life, there is a lot of correcting on a parents part to get them to understand and say things in a way that will make them a productive adult. But that doesn't end when the kids become teenagers. The work seems to become more important. Because now that they finally have figured out that Police cars aren't called WeeWoos (OK, maybe I still call them that), they are wrestling with a lot of misunderstanding that is coming from this world we live in. They are being told one thing at school and one thing at church. Friends advice is contrary to a parent's advice. The Bible needs to be the first place we go when our children comes to us with difficult questions. When their values seem to be heading south, we need to lead them to the Word. We can show them, right there in type, what the Word of God has to say. We need to equip our kids to be different. To understand why they believe what they believe. And be comfortable with themselves when everyone else seems to think differently. Teenagers still need to be corrected. Not in pronouncing a word, but pronouncing their faith. Each stage of rearing a child seems to come with different responsibilities. Each important in their own way. Out of all the things we will teach our kids as their parents, the most important is the training of their heart. They need to leave our homes understanding Jesus saved them. Understanding why they believe what they do. And be able to stand up for God's Word and the precepts in them.
I would love to stay and write, butcept Onion has a ballgame tonight and whobuddy has to take him there. I hope the WeeWoo doesn't catch me speeding and I get to knuckle with my husband later on.