We can learn a lot from kids if we can just slow down and spend time to really listen to them. Very often we are so caught up in our busyness that we fail miserably as parents. The following two stories can teach us a lot.
An Empty Gift
A father punished his 3-year old daughter for wasting a piece of gold wrapping paper. Money was tight and he became angry when her little daughter tried to decorate a box for no apparent reasons. Nevertheless, the little girl brought the gift to her father the next morning and said, “This is for you daddy.”
He was embarrassed by his over-reaction the previous day but his anger flared again when he found that the box was empty. He yelled at her, “Don’t you know that when you give someone a present, there’s supposed to be something inside of it?”
The little girl looked up at him with tears in her eyes and said, “Oh daddy, it is not empty. I blew lots of kisses into the box just for you.”
The father was crushed. He put his arms around his little girl and asked for her forgiveness. The man kept that gold box by his bed for years. Whenever he was discouraged, he would take out an imaginary kiss and remember the love of the child who had put it there. Each of us parents has been given a gold container filled with unconditional love and kisses from our children. We should treasure it as our most priceless possession.
Are We Rich Or Poor?
A wealthy man took his son to the country intending to show his son how poor people can be. They spent a few days on the farm of what would be considered a very poor family.
On their return from the trip, the father asked his son, “Son, how was the trip?”
“It was great, Dad.”
“Did you see how poor people can be?” the father asked.
“Oh yeah, ” said the son.
“So what did you learn from the trip?” saked the father.
The son answered, “I saw that we have one dog and they have four. We have a pool that reaches to the middle of our garden and they have a creek that has no end. We have imported lanterns in our gardens and they have the stars at night. Our patio reaches to the front yard and they have the whole horizon. We have a small piece of land to live on and they have fields that go beyond our sight. We have servants who serve us, but they serve others. We buy our food, but they grow theirs. We have walls around our property to protect us, they have friends to protect them.”
Hearing this, the boy’s father was speechless. Then his son added, “Thanks dad for showing me how poor we are.”