A few mornings ago I was sitting in the living room with Carter while Harrison took a little cat nap. Carter had asked me to help him build yet another 'barrage' (that's 'garage' in three year old language). This is the only type of structure he ever wants to build. No houses, no towers, no restaurants, only garages. If he becomes and engineer we better hope that the automobile industry stays robust.
Anyway, I told him that I wasn't going to help him right now, but that I would love for him to build a big garage all by himself and then show me. (We're working on independence.) He ended up building a great garage completely on his own, and suddenly I had a lightbulb moment: I could teach him a bible verse about this!
I praised his garage and said, "I'm so proud that you built that all by yourself, and I love that you worked so hard. Did you know that God likes you to work hard? He says that no matter what you're doing, you should work very, very hard, like you're working for God (Colossians 3:23, Mommy Paraphrase Version)." Carter nodded receptively and I gave myself a big, fat pat on the back for being such a purposeful parent.
He continued to build, putting up a two tall pieces with a sharp cornered triangle on top. Excited to continue our bonding moment, I asked him what that part was for.
"It's for hitting people." he said matter-of-factly.
Aaaand....here's a verse for mommy: Pride goeth before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall. (Proverbs 16:18, KJV)