We know that our children are always listening, but do we know how much they understand?
One mom can attest that when a conversation about finances came up, her son understood more than she could have ever imagined.
In a Love What Matters post, a woman explained that she and her husband were discussing their precarious financial situation and discussing areas of spending they needed to cut back on.
They decided there wasn’t any room for splurging, including spending money on fancy $5 coffees from Starbucks — no matter how delicious they are. However, unbeknownst to the parents, while they were budgeting aloud, they had an audience. The woman wrote:
“We didn’t know it at the time, but our 4.5 year old son was taking note of this conversation in another room.”
A week later, while the family was running errands, the woman expressed how badly she could use a cup of coffee. Her husband reminded her that such indulgences simply weren’t in the budget.
That’s when her son asked to see her Starbucks card — a card she kept safely in her wallet, reserving its use around holidays and birthdays when she could add a little extra money to it.
Figuring her son just wanted to play with it she handed it to him. When he handed it back she was floored:
"A few months ago, my husband and I were having a conversation about our finances. Due to some very difficult…
Her son had wrapped a $5 bill around the card in an attempt to put money “on” it, as he had overheard his father say they were unable to at the time.
The woman wrote:
“When my husband told me we ‘can’t put money on the card’, my son took that quite literally…. so he did it for me…”
She asserted that even when we think our children aren’t listening they are.
“When you think you’ve said it 1,000 times but it hasn’t sunk in…. it has,” she said.
“Teach your kids kindness and they will pour it into the world. They, and all of the lives your children will change, deserve it.”
As for the caffeine fix that derived from her son’s gift, the woman divulged it was the best cup of coffee she’s ever had, “I will never in my life drink a better cup of coffee than I did that afternoon.”