Be Careful What They Hear

Today something happened that reminded me again of how much our little ones pick up things they see and hear. We often think they are too young or are not paying attention, but believe me they are. Way more than you want to think they are.

Today Scout came and her daddy had picked me up a swimming pool. I had asked him to do it since he has a pick-up truck and I was not able to get it into our van without bending it a bit. It is one of those hard plastic kiddy pools.

Scout and I filled it up with water and then I told her we needed to wait for a bit so the sun could warm the water. She insisted it was already warm. I forgot. I am from the north east USA and we live in Texas. Water comes warm to hot from the tap in summer.

I still convinced her to wait a bit till the sun came out, which for her was a long time to wait. At 8:30 AM she was ready to go in and stop waiting! I put her into her bathing suit and took her outside to wait a bit more.

On the porch roof I have a bird feeder and when the wind blows or the doves try to get on it seed goes all over the porch and is very tempting to little hands. The little hands decided it would be fun to throw seed into the pool! I yelled, she disobeyed and in went some seed.

I thought the best thing to do was to give her something to skim the seed out and make her clean her mess. She is 2.5 years old, and is able to understand what I was telling her.

The only thing I could think of that was here was one of those spatter things with a handle for putting over food when it is being cooked in oil. My husband had several of them when we married and they looked unused then and 4.5 years later they are still unused. I took one out and she got big eyes! I told her what to do with it but she was not listening, she already knew what it was—a magnifying glass, HER magnifying glass! She could not believe I was giving her such a precious thing. I had no idea how she knew what a magnifying glass was!

Then it all came out. She stood up, raised her arms like a cheer leader yelling RAH, and says “Scout, animal rescuer, (plops down in water at this time,and continues) at bottom of ocean” as she put the “magnifier” down in the water and discovered the starfish, fish and octopus on the bottom.

Take a look:

She was discovering all morning with that thing, and all over the porch.

Now, I think we all know where she got that from and how much she learns. She will answer all the questions they ask on the show, even if she is playing and I think she has not listened one bit.

What do your kids hear? What comes out of your mouth? What do you watch that you think they do not pay any attention to?

They are, and they are learning!

As the kids song goes:

Oh, be careful little eyes, what you see.
Oh, be careful little eyes, what you see.
There’s a Father up above, looking down in tender love,
So be careful little eyes, what you see.

Be careful little ears what you hear
Be careful little mouth what you say…
Be careful little hands, what you touch…
Be careful little feet, where you go…

Same goes for you mom!