Elaina is 1 ½ and I would guess that she’s only 3 feet tall and from my perspective (I’m 5’ 7”) I would never have guessed the way she looks at things. The counter top seemed like a giant and my 6ft, 14 year old brother (who’s still growing) seemed like the Empire State Building! Even my sister Katie (11) who’s barely 4’ 5” seemed tall.I think this is great advice. Not just for siblings but for all of us. Too often, I view life from my perspective and that is not always the best vantage point. Crawling into our children's world give us a better understanding of who they are and what they are dealing with.
I always knew that Elaina had to look up to see anything, but it was interesting to actually be at her level.
I would encourage you the next time your bend down to pick something up, pause for a moment and crawl into your siblings world for a few moments and learn a few
I remember when Kristin was younger, I found a piece of paper where she had written out a few of her thoughts. I don't remember them exactly, but they said something like this.
It's hard being a child sometimes. I want to do what is right but I find myself getting in trouble even when I didn't know it was wrong.That was a very challenging note to read. Obviously, I had corrected my daughter without first giving her the knowledge necessary to do it correctly. Reading her perspective helped me to make sure that I would train her first before I corrected her. And that in the times when I failed to teach her that I would be humble enough not to be too hard on her for making a mistake.
Seeing issues from another perspective is difficult for me. I am a very black and white person. (Surprise! surprise!) But having children and learning to see life through their eyes has helped move me out of my self-centered world and have the servants heart I desire. Thankfully, Kristin is learning these lessons a little earlier in life than I did. I am sure she will be a much better mother for it.