Life is made up of teaching moments and learning moments. As a parent, I see many teaching opportunities.
For instance, earlier this week, I had a discussion with my younger son about Christmas presents. He wanted to get his brother a gift that cost $15, and he also wanted to buy something for my husband, me, and his grandparents.
He’s seven and doesn’t have $60. He was upset because he didn’t have enough money to buy everything (I can relate to that!)
I explained that while it is sweet to want to generously spend, thought isn’t measured in dollars. I told him that if he paid attention to what people like, he could find gifts for a couple of dollars apiece. I could’ve given him examples of things I liked, but I wanted him to figure it out himself. Thought.
Last night, when I got home from work, they had finished wrapping the gifts (my husband took them shopping.) I’m curious to see what my little one decided I would like, but part of the fun is the waiting and wondering (and watching him try so hard not to blurt out what he bought) 🙂
Tired from a long day, I really wanted to just relax, but my older son said he needed to take cookies in for a class project the next day. (He’s been into the last-minute things lately.) He’d bought break-n-bake cookies so I figured it would be easy.
No. The cookies had to be shapes (but not trees or Santa.)
I came into the kitchen to find he’d smeared the sticky dough on a cookie sheet and gummed up the rolling pin. I got out the parchment paper and flour and had him clean up the pan. All the while, I grouched about how I was tired, had a headache, and just wanted to relax. In between grumblings, I showed him how the flour kept the dough from sticking.
“This dough really isn’t made for rolling,” I said with a frown.
“I know that now, Mom.” He shrugged. “Live and learn.”
Live and learn. His words cut through my crabbiness. The best learning involves mistakes. I used to accept that better when I was younger, but somewhere along the way, I decided efficiency proved to be easier. How silly to think I’d completed my learning phase.
Cookies in the oven, I wrapped my son in a hug. “I’m sorry I was cranky with you. I’m tired, but shouldn’t have taken it out on you.”
Live and learn.
My son’s wise reminder was a proverbial light bulb moment that showed me mistakes are part of life, and learning is a lifetime challenge.
I hope I learn something else today.
I’ll spend the next couple days trying to catch up on blog reading and comments, but I won’t be online next week. Just a heads up that I haven’t disappeared… only taking a short break (which will be filled with lots and lots of baking 🙂 )