Thursday, September 05, 2013

Just Thinking Out Lout Here

Papaya with Jessie--our new puppy (at the Humane Society Adoption Day at PetCo).

Since Elder Meehan left for his service mission, I've been thinking SOOOO much about how I parent. And about how WE parent as a society/world.

I think it all began back in July when Elder Meehan wrote us and mentioned that he'd used fabric softener instead of detergent to wash his clothes. Haha.

No, for reals!

That's when all this reflection began.

I started thinking, 

--"Have I done enough?"
(How do you not know the difference between fabric softener and detergent?)

--"Did we raise him well?"

--"Is he self-reliant?"
(Again, how do you not know the difference between fabric softener and detergent.)

--"Did we teach him how to give and receive love?"


Anyway, my point!

This "parenting theme" has been occupying my thoughts for some time now.

And then we added a new puppy to our household last Saturday. And now the whole "parenting theme" is REALLY on my mind. Because, here's this 7 month old puppy (we got her at the shelter)--and she wants to jump on us, eat doorstops, and lunch on tubesocks.

And we have 5 kids at home, plus Dave and I, who are all giving her instruction on how to BE a "good dog."

It's a little overwhelming. 

For all of us. Not just the dog.

And then we take her on walks and random people offer us suggestions on how to help us train her to be a "good dog."

Some suggestions are kind. ("Just love her.")

Some are downright bizarre. ("Put chili pepper paste on things she chews that she shouldn't chew.")

And some are mean in my book. Mean. ("Knee her. Hit her. Withdraw food.")

And it's just made me think, "What's the BEST way to learn?"

And I realize this is not a question I can answer for everyone: all people, animals, etc.

But it's a question, I definitely want to consider.

Because, at the end of the day, the way we learn seems to determine a lot of our behavior toward ourselves, our family, society.

It seems pretty important.



So, that's what's going on here. How are you all?

PS: BYU was awesome yesterday. Here's my Throwback Thursday photo of BYU (taken 9/2012).