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You Are Being Watched!

August 28th, 2015

Yesterday, Stacey served us dinner on the front lawn – an impromptu picnic of pizza and salad. Our 11 month old Judah enjoyed crawling around with us on his level. Shortly after we started some neighbors walked by and Stacey and I started visiting. The kids soon scattered to play, leaving Judah alone with the plates of left-over food.

With no one around to encourage, teach, or lead him, baby Judah picked up a fork and worked diligently on his salad. Now, keep in mind, he has never done this and we haven’t been working on it with him. He hasn’t even been on solid food for that long, and he’s doing just well enough with his hands. And yet, he wanted to work the fork! It certainly must have been harder for him – to get the food from plate to mouth with an implement as long as his entire arm (we have very large forks)!

Why would a baby do this? Clearly it would be more efficient to grab handfuls of lettuce and shove them in his mouth. Neither mom or dad were there to show him or encourage him. He did this ENTIRELY BECAUSE HE HAS SEEN US DO IT!

You may have heard the saying

“more is caught than taught”

This is a potent illustration of that reality. God has designed children with an inborn desire to imitate their parent’s, older siblings, and really anybody they are around.

Here’s a VIDEO that’s been going around that impacted me in the same way. In this case, kids are doing amazing things, most likely because their parents cared a lot about the particular activity and spent a lot of time modeling as well as coaching.

you_are_being_watchedKids will do what those around them do – whether simple things like eating with a fork, amazing things like stuntriding, even bad things like mimicing the tone of voice dad uses with mom.

Some takeaways:

  1. Make sure your kids are around people who will model the things you want them to catch.
  2. Spend time with them that outweighs (in quantity and quality) the potentially negative influences in their life.
  3. Live the way you want them to live.

There’s another saying that goes,

“Do as I say, not as I do.”

Unlike the first saying, this one rarely comes to pass. How much better if we can say as Paul said in 1 Corinthians 11:1:

Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ.

 

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