Monday, May 18, 2009

"Teach Me"

Lately, Eden's favorite song is "Teach Me To Walk in the Light." The words follow:

Teach me to walk in the light of His love.
Teach me to pray to my Father above.
Teach me to know of the things that are right.
Teach me, teach me, to walk in the Light.

Sometimes during the day she will just walk up to me and say, "teach me, momma, teach me."

No pressure or anything!

So, we try to teach her good things. We try to teach her that she is loved by Heavenly Father and so is everyone else. We try to teach her to love others and to be nice. We try to teach her that we love her no matter what. We try to teach her to be kind and to share.

Today, Kendal and Trey came over for a little while. Now, keep in mind that Eden will sometimes say (out of the blue) "I love Trey!" She seriously loves him and his sisters and his mommy. Today, however, she was not in the mood to share. Instead of "I love Trey" what I mostly heard was "Stop it Trey, that's mine." Trey was a very good sport and tried to keep his friend happy but Eden was just not going to be happy. It was so bad that she actually chose to take a nap two hours early when I told her she'd have to take a nap if she couldn't choose to be happy without one.

That is when I decided upon the topic for tonight's Family Home Evening lesson.

While she slept I prepared a lesson on sharing.

Here is my well executed lesson plan:
While holding hands and walking in a circle the three of us sang, "Sharing with friends is fun to do, fun to do, fun to do..." Then she got to insert her friend's names. We included Trey, then Bayley, next was Kendal, then Erin, and finally Corrie. Then I showed her pictures of children sharing toys and we talked about how happy they were. Finally I got out my sewing measuring tape (which Eden loves to play with) and I shared it with her, then Daddy shared his brush (she loves his brush for some reason) and then she shared a toy with both of us. We cheered and clapped and talked about how happy this made us.

See, I'm a good teacher!

Yeah, that is what I thought until I said, "so the next time Trey is here what are you going to do?" and she replied, "say STOPIT TREY, THAT'S MINE"

I guess I've got some work to do with this "teach me" business.

7 response(s):

michellejohnnie said...

Oh the joy!!!!

corrie said...

we must all go through our stages.
She cracks me up.
xoxoxo

Alisha said...

Funny,funny Girl!

xunil2 said...

This is why the song repeats "teach me" so often; one "teach" does not equal one "learn". It takes several "teaches" to equal one "learn".

Amanda said...

That is pretty funny. I'm interested to see how you teach sharing and how you can replace, "That's mine!" with actual sharing. John is in that phase, too, and I am a broken record of repeating how sharing is nice and important and blah blah blah...

Natalie-John+2 said...

I LOVE IT!!!! Go Eden...that's the way to be strong willed!?! Oh my. I have one just like that so I understand those teachable moments even if they don't get it the first time! Keep on, keep on!

Kathy said...

That Eden is such a girl! Trust me, with such good teachers as you and Phil she will learn to be an absolutely fantastic friend!