We had an experience today with a woman we were meeting for the first time who was a guest in our home. We were eating our lunch and she began asking Britney a question, stopped, looked at me and said "Never mind, I'll ask your mom. All kids lie" I can't tell you how that made me feel. I was so angry and hurt for Brit. I told her that our kids don't lie, and she acted like she didn't hear me. I just can't get it out of my head. After they left, we talked about it and realized how blessed we are. Even though it was a hurtful experience, it made us realize something. We have surrounded ourselves with positive people who love and respect their children.
We treat our children as people...not as beings that will eventually be important.
"When we adults think of children there is a simple truth that we ignore: childhood is not preparation for life; childhood is life. A child isn't getting ready to live; a child is living. No child will miss the zest and joy of living unless these are denied by adults who have convinced themselves that childhood is a period of preparation. How much heartache we would save ourselves if we would recognize children as partners with adults in the process of living, rather than always viewing them as apprentices. How much we could teach each other; we have the experience and they have the freshness. How full both our lives could be."
John A. Taylor