Teaching a child about free agency can be very difficult; especially with the c-r-a-z-y world we live in. Free agency seems to be a theme throughout church this year. I keep hearing about it in Sunday School and then on Sunday in Relief Society there it was again. Is someone trying to tell me something?
About a year ago Cameron started noticing people smoking and was never hesitant to tell someone that would kill them. I had to tell him over and over again that people have a choice. Then came swearing....Cameron was watching a children's movie and they used the phrase, "what the ______" and he started saying that. Then school started and he's come home with a very colorful vocabulary...words that would make your hair stand up. So, there it is again a parent teaching opportunity. It's been pretty impressive to see the changes in our home and Cameron has a good understanding about free agency.
Well.......................church on Sunday we're singing a hymn and Cameron is following along. The word Hell was used in the hymn and I hear Cameron gasp and look at me with confusion, "did you hear them say the H word?" Try and explain to a 1st grader the difference between swearing and describing a place. He didn't get it and all I could do was laugh!!!! I can hear it now, "but mom they say it in Church!!!!!"
6 months ago