Around the time my children reached the age of seven they desperately wanted to be a grown up. Showing them one week in a calendar changed all that.
Innocence is one of the most precious commodities we have because, like time, once it has passed, we can never get it back. As parents, our job is to protect our child’s innocence at all costs. Jesus says so himself…
“Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.” Matthew 18:6
Having left my innocence behind decades ago, I realized how rare and cherished it is. So, I brought my kids over to a calendar hanging up in the kitchen. I asked them to imagine that each day in a week equaled 10 years and they were going to live to be 70 (which was infinity in their minds). I told them that you only get to be a kid until you’re around 15 years old, if you’re lucky.
That means, on their calendar of life, they only get to be a kid until Monday morning. From Monday afternoon through the rest of the week, they were an adult. I told them, don’t rush being a grown-up. You only get to be a kid for 1 1/2 days out of the week.
Thankfully, that stayed with them. They have told me they remembered that lesson many times and they ended up working hard to protect their own innocence, realizing how short it would last.
Protect that time in your child’s life where the world is magical and their souls are innocent. No matter how much they fuss, they’ll thank you once it’s gone.