Another week has passed and I managed to read Eliza and Her Monsters and Just Another Girl (both reviews to come), and both books left me with so much to think about… but something that I see on a daily basis made me decide to address it here:
The thing is our mind can be pig-headed and not let us think things through before taking action and sometimes we end up hurting other people’s feelings.
I see this pig-headedness all the time with my nine year old drama queen; she’s certain everything everybody does is to bug her (as if people don’t have better things to concern themselves with), her seven year old brother is hyperactive and she’s told everybody that his favorite sport is to mess with her (sometimes yeah, but not all the time). And it happens at school too.
What the hell…???
Our mind can play tricks on us, we girls tend to be ruled by hormones and they can be very hard to control; especially, when we so desperately want to be right about stuff, it’s easy to overlook other people’s feelings or situations.
There’s a girl in my daughter’s class whose parents live abroad, she lives with her aunt and uncle and they don’t have much time to devote to her. You may see them at school’s activities if it’s the weekend but not always and when you talk to this girl, it’s evident that she’s desperate for attention and seeks it no matter what, usually by ruling over the other kids. With my daughter’s personality they had trouble since they met but, while my daughter has to stand up for herself we’ve explained to her how to do it in a manner that doesn’t hurt this girl’s feelings.
You know the saying “You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink”? Well sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t… but we keep trying to teach both our kids understanding, compassion and to walk a mile in someone else’s shoes before judging. Which brings me to the other quote I got from this book:
By the one and only Madelyn: Hope’s sidekick; because sometimes, no matter how many times we’re told about something, our minds just don’t want to listen and we are better off realizing things on our own.
What was the highlight of your reading this week book lover friends?