Children, they do pay attention. Often more than what we might realize.
A group of 4th grade students this past week were given a writing assignment. They had not previously been told they were going to do such. The instructions were “write an essay on someone from your past.” Pretty heady assignment to a group such as this. No pre-notice they were going to do such, no chance to receive instructions from a parent. One youngster titled her writing, “How My Great Grandma Inspired Me.”
You know so often we think our kids aren’t paying attention. They don’t get it we often say to ourselves. That’s not always true. I think many times their quiet little minds are taking in much more than what we ever thought they do. Family story telling is important. (You will notice in her essay stories had been shared thus her referencing WWII). Our children are paying more attention to what happens around them that includes our attitudes and actions.
One of the best things we can spend on children is our time.
April 7, 2016
Many people from the past inspire me, but there’s one person that inspires me most, that person was strong, brave, and she persevered – my great grandma.
When she was young, somebody very close to her had to go off to war. She had to live alone, doing work and many things on her own. As she got older, she became very sick and couldn’t even get out of bed. She was strong though, and stayed strong until the age of 95.
My great grandma’s name was Margaret. My parents gave me the middle name Margaret because they admired her and also thought she was strong and brave.
In conclusion, I think that my great grandma was strong and kept on going. So she inspires me to do what she did today.
– Delaney Margaret Holaday