Teaching them the tough stuff

I hate the term “teachable moments” but I’ll be the first to admit that I almost never let one of those opportunities go by…particularly when it comes to “tough stuff”…but you never quite know when it sinks in or not. Take our visit to Pearl Harbor, for example. We took that as an opportunity to talk about the men & women that serve, or have served, our country and about those that have fallen in battle for the sake of our freedom. Rylee seemed reverent and respectful for the most part, but did get restless toward the end. After the visit, we’d ask her about it and she’d mostly talk about touring the submarine. When prompted, she’d remember/talk about the memorial. See what I mean about things “sinking in”?
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About a month later Rylee was out with my sister when another “teachable moment” arose…
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We’re trying to raise our girls to have thankful hearts and to think of others. This is a total brag moment from a few months ago, but I like to think it means we’re on the right track…and I figured, particularly because today is Veteran’s Day, I should follow suit…if you’re reading this and you’re a veteran, thank you…from the bottom of my heart…thank you for the sacrifices you and your family made in order to serve our country.

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