Saturday, August 29, 2009

Awwwww.... Doesn't that look on the kitten's face just melt your hard heart? Not to mention the "Please don't hurt me!" body language.

Oftentimes the native intelligence displayed in our pets, causes us to think and react to them as if they are like us and have motives for their behavior similar to ours. (Which may be saying more about us than about them.)

We oftentimes think and react the same way with our little children.

Yes, they are natively intelligent. And, yes, they need to be taught correct behavior. What they need most, of course, is our love and gentle persuasion. And careful teaching.

The older we get (and thus the farther away we are from our own childhood), and the more hassled we feel, the easier it is to become impatient. And perhaps unnecessarily harsh.


Anonymous said...

Funny you should blog about this...The first thing I thought of when I saw the kitten was, "Hey! That looks like Joshua when we put him in the corner!" We decided a few weeks ago that we needed to change our discipline tactics and have stopped spanking. It's amazing how non-angry I get when the punishment for bad behavior is the removal of the item being used as a weapon or a short stint in the naughty chair. Nobody likes timeout. :) Our theory was that if God punished us the way we punish our children, we would all be dead. LOL!

Anonymous said...

In reference to spanking, I mean. :P