I think we probably all have our favorite ages. My favorite ages in children are the ages between 2-5 years. These are among their most innocent and formative years. Children of these ages speak their mind openly and honestly. We can tell how we are doing as parents, by what we hear coming from their mouths.
Last weekend we were visiting our son and his family. Owen, our grandson, is 2 1/2 years old. He is at the beginning of this precious “2-5” time.
When we arrived, Owen saw a scrape, or “boo-boo” as he calls it, on my husband’s knee. He scrunched up his face in concern, and asked, “What happened to your knee, Grandpa?” My husband (Rick) told Owen that when he was running on a trail, he stepped on a small pebble, twisted his ankle, and fell down. Owen told Rick that he had a boo-boo on his knee too, then explained how he had fallen off his bike.
The next morning, Rick went for a run. Before he left, Owen told him to be careful. When Rick got back, Owen met him at the door and asked him if he had gotten another boo-boo that day. “Noooo, I didn’t!” Rick excitedly told him.
With a big smile, Owen said, “Oh, Grandpa. You are getting BETTER!”
Absolutely delightful. Adorable. Loving.
But as cute as that scene was, what was even better is that I knew that Owen was modeling behavior that he has experienced and witnessed. When we give love and encouragement to our children, they give it back. There’s nothing better than that.
A big shout out to our son and daughter-in-law. We couldn’t ask for better parents for our grandchildren!
Brian, Owen, Melissa, and baby Ella on the way (born August 22, 2015)