Thursday, November 5, 2009

Honesty & Consequences

Here's a fun story relayed by our beloved nanny, Heather, this week - providing a little peek into the developing mind and heart of this little girl. Enjoy -

I went upstairs to get Elynor up from her nap and she had the Jonah (as in, Jonah & the whale...) book in bed with her (it was not there when she went to sleep).
"Elynor reading Jonah," she informed me.

"Oh, should we read Jonah together??" I asked her.
She readily agreed.

We cozied up in the big blue chair and I read the first page about how Jonah didn't do what God told him to do, and then tried to explain in E terms what Jonah did.
"Jonah disobeyed God," I said.

Elynor turned to look at me. "I got out."

At this point I wasn't tracking with her. "What do you mean?" I asked.

"I got out of bed," she answered.

"Do you mean that you disobeyed by getting out of bed?"

She nodded. (Note: My biggest fear in going to a big-girl bed was Elynor freely roaming about upstairs when she should be sleeping... so we initially told her - and she has really taken to heart - that she is not to get out of bed unless we come get her.)

"Well, do you think that Jonah got a consequence for disobeying?" I asked.


"What do you think his consequence was?"

"A pinch," she answered without hesitation! (Note: Elynor often gets a pinch on her leg when she disobeys. It's kind of funny how effective this consequence is!)

"Well, let's see what happened to Jonah after he disobeyed."

We finished out the story and saw that Jonah's consequence was getting thrown overboard and swallowed by a whale and that in the end he obeyed God.
"So, do you think that you should have a consequence for disobeying and getting out of bed?" I asked.

And she willingly sat out a two minute timeout with no murmur or movement... and was a happy kid when she got out!


The Inspired Nester said...

HAHAHA! you and ryan produce the smartest most insightful surpirse to me that all of this is coming from your TWO year old! HA :)

SheWesty said...

Ha is right! I think a more likely explanation is that the notion of consequences are a frequent event in the world of our spirited little girl. At least it appears something is getting through... :)

Roxanne said...

so cute!! At least she did not assume she would get eaten by a big fish :) Anni spanks her "baby" as well when she does not listen :) Kids know!!!

SheWesty said...

I know! When I reread this story I thought the same thing - that she could have thought she would get eaten. Though maybe that would be a good fear!? :) And E does the same... she puts her babies in timeout (on the window sill) for not listening to her. So funny!