Wednesday, February 8, 2012
In November I made a trip to my attic looking for Christmas ornaments to help Chris and Mari decorate their first tree and to my surprise I came across this photo that Ruby had taken just about 16 1/2 years ago. You see, Shaon turned 17 on Sunday. When he was born he weighed 1 lb 7 ozs. and went down to 1 lb 2 ozs. before he began to gain weight. Before we could bring him home months later, we (my daughter, Ruby and I) had to take infant CPR classes. He came home with a monitor and oxygen tank. Look at this happy guy. This is after he was able to breathe completely on his own.
When my daughter's twins were little, Shaon used to get up early in the morning with them on week ends so my daughter could get some much needed rest. He is a wonderful big brother who takes pride in being a role model to the younger ones. He is active in sports, and they are active in dance, basketball and hockey. When given the choice of taking the bus or walking to school, he picked walking for the exercise.
He is Mom's right hand, and also comes over to help me with chores in a pinch. Their living room wall displays some of his paintings and the air is full of his laughter. God bless you, Shaon, on your birthday. He inspires me.
Jesus spoke of the children leading us into the kingdom and I truly believe that our young have pure and beautiful hearts. It is up to us to nurture them and encourage them and then to learn to return to the innocence of our youth.
1. What do you think our worst mistake is when raising our young? I think parents are far too indulgent and afraid to say no to them while not giving them the encouragement, understanding, and discipline that they need.
2. What is the most effective punishment? I always found that taking privileges away worked real well. I used to have game systems and televisions in my car trunk when I went to work. The children had to earn their entertainment systems back by improving their grades or behavior.
This post linked to Thursday Two Questions. Amanda always has some interesting topics brewing. Thanks so much for visiting me today. Take care, stay healthy and God bless!