As you look at this title we all know that when we have young children we try to teach them how to live in life like a civilized human being. Along with teaching them to Love God, love others, and live out the Golden Rule. Well it seems like the word that is most often used in our house is "OBEY."
Lately we have been talking to the girls about how they have to respect and obey not only God and their parents but also their elders. We tell the younger children that an elder is someone who is older than them and they need to obey them just like they do Mom and Dad. Now when we tell them this we don't mean some freak out on the street. We try to explain it to them as Grandparents older people anyone in an authority position. I am sure you get the point.
Well today we had just started school and I had everyone settled working on their assignments for the day. I went down stairs to bring a load of laundry up to fold while the kids were doing school and when I got up here the three year old was screaming at the top of her lungs. I wasn't even sure who she was mad at she was just screaming "NO YOUR NOT."
Then I heard the 5 year old saying, "Yes I am."
In a not so calm voice I asked, "What is going on?"
The three year old with big tears in her eyes said, "She told me I was little and I had to obey her because she is my elder."
This mysterious little person who thinks she is an elder is our 5 year old who is only 18 months older than her little sister.
I couldn't help but laugh and figured I need to have a new talk about obeying elders and make sure they know it does not mean big sisters.