I started my weekly afternoons with Jake yesterday. On Mondays after school I'm picking him up and taking him to grab an ice cream or something. In order to earn his treat, he only has to ask me two questions.
I told him this on his way to school on Monday. He was very excited about this and when I picked him up, the first thing he said to me is, "Hey Dad, I got my two questions." We then went to the bank to open his first bank account with $63 he had saved from gifts and such and then to starbucks to talk about life.
- How do you think your heart and soul get to heaven?
- What do you think heaven is like?
- the best convos I have with my kids are one-on-one. This time is priceless.
- the supernatural is mysterious. I need to be careful not to make concrete that which is only partially known. My kids are curious. I can be curious with them and enjoy the mystery too.
- teaching my kids how to interact with theology -in images, commercials, conversations, print, etc.- is part of my job as a parent. Failure to do so doesn't mean they won't be confronted with it. It just means they won't have any capacity to evaluate it for good or bad.
- I need to keep a can of spray paint in my car to help the rearview windows of those who clearly don't have small children staring at them asking, "Daddy, how come that angel girl is naked like that?"