i have been reading a fascinating book, called the tipping point.
it would have been such help to me when i was raising my children,
because one of the premises is that little ones pay attention to what
they understand not just things that excite them.
ph.d's studied pre-schoolers while they were watching "sesame street"
to monitor when they became distracted. they assumed that the kids
would look away if the show couldn't keep their attention, or if an
outside stimulus beguiled them.
what they discovered, instead, was that the children attended to what
they could understand, but looked away when something didn't make
sense to them.
think of all the things we say to our children: "keep your eyes peeled,
don't count your chickens before they hatch, what goes around-comes
around." it's no wonder they aren't paying attention to us!
they can't understand us. "give me understanding, that i may keep
Your law . . . " psalm 119:34