Hindsight is 20/20

Yesterday we had a discussion on authority, responsibility, and freedom. Sebastian, just having learned to crawl, was a good example for us.

Me: Does Sebastian like to crawl around?

Boys: Yes.

Me: Do you think I should let Sebastian try to crawl down the stairs, just because he wants to?

Boys: No, he would fall.

Me: So am I mistreating him by not letting him do something he wants to do?

Boys: No.

From Isaac today in the car: When I’m grown up I’ll understand that you didn’t mistreat me by taking my animals away.  (Long pause.) When I turned five I understood that you didn’t mistreat me when I was little when you didn’t let me do some things.

Me: Do you think I mistreat you?

Isaac: Sometimes right now I think you mistreat me when you discipline me. But when I’m grown up, I’ll know that you didn’t.

Heb. 12:11 No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.


About Wendy McCollum

I am a single mom to five wonderful boys. Life is an adventure, with many twists and turns. We live in hope, always, for our great God can redeem all things. There are so many funny and precious moments that slip by too fast. Perhaps here I can save them for when my own memory fails.
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2 Responses to Hindsight is 20/20

  1. Grandaddy says:

    Wow! Six year olds just aren’t supposed to put all that together!

    • The twins especially are very deep thinkers and sometimes show an understanding beyond their years. I get in trouble with this sometimes, forgetting they are only 6.

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