Thursday, September 20, 2007

5 Things You Want Your Kids to Know ~ a meme

Claire at One Passion…One Devotion started a meme and tagged me for it, oh, a month ago!!! And I am finally getting around to it.
The meme is 5 Things You Want Your Kids to Know. Those participating are supposed to share the five things they want their kids to know before they “grow up” and then leave a link to their meme in the comment section of Claire’s original post.

Soooo, what do I want my kids to know?

1. I want my kids to know with absolute certainty there is One True God, the Creator of the universe, who is personally and passionately interested in them.

2. I want my kids to know God’s love for them is unconditional, that there is nothing they can ever do to cause Him to love them any more or any less. I do not wish they would think, “OK, if God loves me ‘no matter what,’ then I can do anything I want to and He won’t care.” I just want them to have a grasp on His amazing grace given to us through Jesus, and to realize they cannot earn or lose His love, but can freely receive it because of Jesus’ sacrifice for us.

3. I want my kids to know God is in control, even when life is hard and things don’t seem to make sense. Having confidence in His control, I want them to come to the realization the only logical thing for us to do in this life is to TRUST HIM.

4. I want my kids to know my love for them is forever. Not that I’m hoping for hard times and bad decisions on their part, but if the day ever comes when they do something really bad, I want them to know I will not turn them away, rather, I will continue loving them.

5. On a much more superficial level, I want my kids to know the table isn’t “cleared” and the dishes aren’t “done” until all flat surfaces have been wiped clean! I would like them to know this standard waaaaay before they "grow up." Like, very soon. (Can you tell this is quite fresh?!)

Yeah, I’d really like Elizabeth to take more interest in a couple personal hygiene issues, I’d like Joshua to master his multiplication tables, and I’d really like Matthew to “know” how to not wet the bed. But if they can only embrace the concepts in this list, I will be a very happy mom!

What about you, Mom? What do you want your kids to know before they grow up? I am not going to formally “tag” anyone, but I will ask you to let me know if you’re going to participate in this meme, because I’d like to read what you have to say.

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kreed said...

Great list. And let me know if you figure out how to accomplish #5!

annie said...

Great list Karen! I agree with your top four...
My #5 would be this...
I want my kids to know that the extra six steps to the trash can is a doable journey. They do not have to leave their snack remnants on the counter top to save those steps!
Yep, that about does it for me.

Corrie said...

What a legacy to build for your children! I laughed when I read about the countertops...amen to that!
How is the house? I must admit that I still have some boxes unpacked...then there are more in the garage. I figure in a few months, Ill just start getting rid of them...we can obviously survive without them!!!
Have a great weekend!

claire said...

good list karen! thanks so much for doing it! lol re #5... i think we all have our own personal #5's eh lol... have a super week!~

Anonymous said...

I want my kids to know that tomorrow (Saturday) is Aunt Karen's birthday!!!!! Have a great day and we love you.

VAIL said...

You hit the nail on the head! Love it! Ditto!

amylynn said...


I just finished reading your newsletter and wanted to let you know that I love the flylady website and love the way she has us break everything down to 15 min at a time. 15 min at a time even works with kids who don't want to do homework lol.

Corrie said...

Hi Karen!
Okay, add me to your list for the newsletters! I would love to receive them:

Thanks for your encouraging words...glad to know I'm not the only one!
Talk to you later,

Rochelle said...

Oh what a great list!! And every time I think I have my daughter trained on #5... it only lasts a few days. And then it is back to square one.

Coach J said...

2 Thumbs Up for that list! I really want my son to learn that hard work is a neccesity of life, and he'd better get used to it. And, quivering chins only make me more mad. So, don't think tears will get you out of it.
There. {big breath}

LoveMyStarr said...

This is great! And I would like to participate but probably won't get around to it this week. Maybe next week.

Sweet Mummy said...

this is a great list, Karen. Try as I might I couldn't get mine into 'sentence' form without them being HUGE run-on sentences. HA! It's hard to narrow it down to 'just' 5! I like what you've said here!!