Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Teach Your Children Well

Disclaimer:  This post has nothing to do with quilting, costuming or crafting. 

A couple of days ago my youngest, who's five, and I were sitting at the table.  She was coloring in her princess coloring book and I was doing costuming paperwork

She sighed and commented that it was too bad that girls couldn't marry girls, because she really loved her sister.

I put down my pencil and thought for a moment.
She's at the point were simple answers are best, and Mr. Chaos and I strive to be truthful with our kids.

Me:  Well Muffin, some girls do love girls, and some boys do love boys.

Muffin:  Really?

Me:  Yup.  there are different types of love.  I love your Aunt Emmy very much, and she is my sister.  The same way you love your sister and brother.  But,  I love Daddy is a completely different way. 

Muffin:  Huh?

Me:  When you are a grown-up there are different kinds of love.  There are some girls who love girls the way I love Daddy, and some boys who love boys the way I love Daddy. 

Muffin:  Who will I love?

Me:  You will love whoever you want to, and when you're a grown-up you will know who you love. 

Muffin:  okay.

that was it. 
she continued coloring and I sat there and watched her for a moment.

It was one of the proudest moment of my parenting life.

I know this post is completely different than anything else on this blog, but acceptance is important.

I want my children to know I will love them always.
Who they chose to love will not change that.

regardless of your personal feelings, you decide what to teach your children. 
I choose to teach my children acceptance.


  1. Love that! We try to teach our kids the same way. There is enough hate out there... I want more LOVE!!!

  2. Good for you! That was a perfect answer... one I might borrow someday! :)

  3. This post made me smile and brought tears to my eyes. I hope that by teaching our children these things that someday everyone can feel accepted for being just themselves.