I've spent some time thinking about this. What do I want my children to remember about themselves as they grow? There are so many thins that I want Monkey to hear about himself: Learner, Wise, Friend, Devoted, Courageous... but these are not the main thing.
When Monkey thinks about himself, the first thing I want him to see is "compassion". Now, I don't expect him to walk up to people and say, "Hi, I'm Monkey and I'm compassionate". I do, however want him to learn to act out of compassion for others. I want that to be a central theme in his life, even as a young child. In fact, he already acts out of compassion, but I recognize that I have to continue to foster that and help him to make it part of who he is. What a challenge!
|Monkey trying to rock Crackers when his brother is upset (it didn't help).|
What words or phrases do you want to speak in to the stories of your family members? What suggestions do you have for teaching compassion and strength to a 2 year old?