|All Work And No
By Steve Higginbotham
Creating memories for our
children that will bring a smile to their face, chase away
their sadness, sustain them in their loneliness, and last a
lifetime is just as important as teaching our children virtues
such as politeness, etiquette, and good manners.
As parents, we tend to steer
our children clear of mud puddles; bring them in-doors when
it's raining; tell them to sit up straight and not slump; and
grill them as to whether they remembered to say "thank you" to
someone who had shown some kindness to them.
While I in no way wish to
minimize the importance of these virtues (after all, I too am
a parent, and I understand the importance of these virtues).
But are those the memories you want to leave your children?
Where's the fun? Where's the laughter? Where's the joy and
silliness? Let your children walk through puddle or two
without a rebuke. Let your children play in the rain some
day. And if you really want to create a memory, go splash
through the puddle with them, and play in the rain too! It
will cost you a change of clothes and a half hour of your
time, but will create a memory that will last a lifetime.
Some of my fondest memories of
growing up involve laughter and fun. Again, I'm not
attempting to discredit the discipline needed to mold our
little boys and girls into grown men and women of character.
I'm just calling for balance.
When it's time for us to leave
this world, may our children and grandchildren have memories
that will cause them to spontaneously smile through the day as
they call to mind memories of joy, laughter, and silliness.
Friends, sometimes acting
foolish and being wise are the very same thing. Give it some
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