For most of my parenting years I have been very liberal, very open minded, and very closed mouth on some subjects.
I have been criticized for not making my children go to school, not giving them a curfew, letting boyfriends spend the night, and the list is endless. I have very different views on parenting then what people consider right and acceptable.
I talk with my children about everything. I don't know why I just do. So yesterday when Amber posted an abortion video on face book it took me a while to process.
Abortion is not something that Amber and I really talked about. I do know that Nikki is against it, but I never really knew where Amber stood on the subject. I now know. To me it is more then just her reaction to the video it was also a sign that my daughter has learned compassion.
How do you teach that? Did you tell them to look the word up and hope that the definition will explain it? Do you spend hours trying to give examples in hope's that your children will finally get what you are talking about?
I never really knew I was teaching compassion all these years, but Amber must have been watching me. She has watched me feed the homeless, hug children that other people would not touch, bottle feed cat's, sew for the shelters.... the list goes on. Did I succeed in teaching compassion by my actions? Do all of my actions speak louder then words?
In this case I have. I have taught compassion by doing the right thing and taking my children along for the ride. I guess I did not mess them up to much.