I recently was asked what do I say to my grandchildren.
I have three step granddaughters and four great grandchildren. I have not had the privilege of spending a lot of time with them. We have the most fun when we are playing together or making up stories.
I find that they learn more about me and from me in the activities we share than from what I try to tell them about life. I try to use my mother’s method of teaching her children by illustrations of other people’s problems and how they handled or mishandled them.
I often advise young people of three things that should be expected from everybody. These are:
- Be God Fearing
- Be Law Abiding
- Learn to take care of yourself
Also, that if they want to be happy with themselves, they should practice the Golden Rule.
Recently, I have read and appreciate author Larry Winget’s philosophy of life:
- Expect the best
- Be prepared for the worst
- Celebrate it all
I remember only one effort by me to discipline a grandchild. My granddaughter who was less than three years old was visiting for Christmas with her sister and parents.
I found her alone in the den holding a lighted cigarette in her mouth. It has been left in an ashtray by one of her parents. I immediately grabbed it out of her mouth and shouted “Don’t you ever do that again”.
Before I knew what happened, she reached over and bit my leg. I found that she had a very powerful bite. She went running and crying to her parents in another room. Guess who ended up being the bad guy.