Just a few days ago my daughter was trying to get my attention, and I heard, “Sunny! Juice!”
I had to conceal my surprised and amused dropped jaw.
I had never directly taught her my name.
Later that day she said my husband’s name, “Jason,” nonchalantly when he came into the room.
We both had to laugh.
She repeats nearly every word we say throughout the day.
And even though we don’t swear, knowing she is such an imitator gives us pause when it comes to what we say and do.
For instance, I just melted last night when I carried out our nightly ritual of me reading her a bedtime story and offering her water in her sippy cup.
After taking a brief sip, she picked up her teddy bear in one arm, and with the other hand, she tookher sippy cup and earnestly tried to give the bear a drink.
I have never suggested or modeled this behavior toward her teddy bear, she was merely imitating the treatment she received.
I was happy to see her showing compassion to another – even if it was an inanimate object!
Just a big note to self: actions speak louder than words. And children don’t care what you say as much as they care what you do.
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This post was written by qni_it on June 30, 2011