Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Genius

Everybody is a Genius.
But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will spend its whole life believing that it is stupid.
~Einstein

I say this to myself as much as to anyone else: Remember this when dealing with your children! They are not miniature versions of ourselves, no matter how much they may look like it. They are their own unique people, and should be treated (and respected) as such.

I think one of the most important things I've learned as a parent is that my kids are NOT ME. Sure, they do a lot of things that I did, and react a lot of the ways that I did...but when it comes down to it they are not me and I don't really know what they are thinking and I should not assume that I do.
I don't always remember this, but when I do it sure saves me a lot of trouble.

3 comments:

Becky said...

I'm fairly good at remembering that my kids aren't me, just smaller. I do have problems remembering that they're different from each other as well.

Sometimes I find myself hesitating to feed Millie certain things, simply because Riley doesn't like them. The reality is, Millie will eat anything she sees.

Or I'll be wondering why Riley needs constant interaction to keep himself out of trouble, when Millie is a go-with-the-flow kind of gal. News flash! Riley is not Millie.

I sure love being a mom, though!

nicole said...

That's a great quote! I like how you related it to parenthood... so true!

alisaterry said...

That is an awesome quote!

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