“When I’m a grandpa and you’re a baby again, I’m going to give you lots of toys.”
-Finn (2014, 4.5 years old)
My son’s concept of time is… interesting. “Yesterday” could mean two years ago or two minutes ago as far as he’s concerned. It would give Einstein a heart attack and make Carl Sagan poop his pants somewhere on the space-time continuum, were they both still alive. Or are they?
In his honest moment, he was perhaps killing two birds with one stone. Earlier, we’d discussed sharing and gifts. Was he just trying to demonstrate to me his benevolence in hopes that I would give him gifts? Maybe.
In the end, our role as parents is to listen, unequivocally. There are so many opportunities to correct and modify their beliefs. We’ll have plenty of time to help them understand themselves. Sure, many of us want to give them our systems because we want them to succeed. But if our principles hold up, they will naturally adopt them and by our own example, we’ll seal the deal.
Is my son talking about past lives? It’s up to him. I have to ask him to go potty for the seventeenth time.
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