Tuesday, August 11, 2015

I am in Favor of Celebrating!

Image result for clipart for milestonesTomorrow we will be celebrating a mile-stone in sweet Caleb's life - he is now potty-trained. While this may seem silly, I look at it as an excellent opportunity to celebrate! Of all the mile-stones in a child's life, moving from being a child in diapers to a child who no longer wears diapers is certainly one of the biggest "steps" - it is also one which parents (and grandparents) are extremely happy when their sweet child/grandchild takes!

A while back when I was researching child slavery I learned one of the biggest ways those who prey on children build relationships with children, is by celebrating those children. These horrible people act like they care about a child, pay attention to them and even listen to them talk for hours. They do all this to get a child to believe they really care about them.

As my grandchildren grow up I want them to know beyond a shadow of a doubt their family loves and celebrates them! When an adult pays attention to them, I want it to be their grandparents/parents. When an adult listens to them, I want it to be their grandparents/parents. When an adult celebrates them and the mile-stones in their lives, I want it to be their grandparents/parents

So, yes, it may be a bit "silly" to celebrate the mile-stone of being potty-trained, but my grandsons will grow up not only knowing, but experiencing how loved and celebrated they are by their family. They will have memories of being loved and celebrated by us.

Tomorrow we are celebrating . . . we will have cookies, cupcakes, cake and, of course, bacon! Caleb will receive a few gifts and we will have a squirt gun "war" and water balloon "fight"! Fun will be had! Memories will be made! Most importantly, my sweet rascal Caleb will experience how very deeply he is loved as we celebrate this big mile-stone with him!

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