I have noticed a “flaw” in the character of my children.
I find it rather a “large-ish” one, but it is one well hidden.
Parent to child: “Have you done your chore today?”
Child in response: “Ooooh, I’ll go do that now.”
Did you see it????!!!! Tell me you saw it.
The child did not own up to the fact that they did, in fact, NOT do the chore. That was “implied”, but not “owned”.
See, my husband doesn’t really see it. He’s starting to (if only to stop having to hear me harp on it), but he still doesn’t see it as a “big” deal.
‘Course, if he ever has to ask a child if he got a girl pregnant and the child responded with something along the lines of, “It was an accident,” then he’d see it as a big deal.
Oh, but I do agree the chore one isn’t a big deal, the concept is, though.
For example, yesterday.
Mom to child: “Did you hit this boy?”
Child to Mom: “I defended myself.”
Mom to child: “Did you hit him?”
Child to Mom: “I only defended myself.”
Mom to child: “Did you use your fist,” visual demonstration of what a fist is, “and push it with great force onto this child’s body.”
Child to Mom: “Yes.”
See now, I believe, strongly, that one can “defend” ones’ self without actually throwing a punch. (Especially, when the “attacker” is only 4 years old and half your size.)
Honestly, after getting all sides of the story, I’m inclined to believe that Garrett was actually attempting to protect Mikhail. The 4 year old, by his own admission, had gotten mad at Mikhail and started hitting him. But. . . GEEZ!
I tell ya, being a homeschooler is hard. I say this, because all too frequently I hear other parents tell me that they couldn’t do it.
News Flash: Being a parent is much harder.
PS I am not in any way attempting to say that everyone should homeschool their kids. It’s not for everyone. I’m just pointing out that in the grand scheme of things, from my viewpoint, being a parent is a much tougher job.