16 June 2011

Don't let the experts confuse you

A baby is not a thing that will someday be a man. He is a man who just happens to be a baby.

Understanding this difference in perspective changes everything.

18 comments:

Melrose said...

I love this!!

lisa said...

How succinct and helpful.

Kristen said...

Having never had a male child myself, can you tell me some of the differences this makes? I don't doubt you; I just don't know anything about mancubs.

Gauntlets said...

Kristen: It is equally true that a girl baby is not a thing that will one day be a woman, but a woman who happens to be a baby. :)

Melrose said...

I think she meant "man" as in, sinful fallen creature, no?

Delawaremamma said...

I think it means we look at our children as the people they already are. A man (or woman) in tiny form trusted into our care:-)

Kristen said...

I assumed you meant something along the lines of: don't treat baby boys like girls until they hit puberty.

I expect my daughter to act like a lady, even at 1.5 years. I suppose I would expect my son to act like a man early on--namely, taking responsibility for himself and the weak around him.

lisa said...

Oh, I misunderstood. But, what a nice way to misunderstand as now it proves doubly useful.

I read it as a pro-life argument. The baby is not a thing (in-utero) that if left alone will grow into a man. The baby is a person in youth.

Such a layer cake.

greatgaunts said...

See, I need to remember this. Especially when the babies seem determined to prove it to me. In public. Gasp!

Anonymous said...

I'll put it right out there - I don't understand this blog post. The only conclusion that I can draw is that it reminds me of a primer on 1700's parenting - child as an adult. I expect myself to behave like a lady and my husband to behave like a man - hoping and praying that modeling is an effective teacher.

jenny said...

My mind is spinning.

I just pray my boys grow up to be godly men.

Delawaremamma said...

Amen Jenny!

Melrose said...

Gauntlets, this post was perfect...shallow enough for the smallest child to play, and deep enough for the largest elephant to drown :D

Reb. Mary said...

This is fun. And as Horton has wisely said, "A person's a person, no matter how small."

Gauntlets said...

;D

lisa said...

>>This is fun.

Kinda like watching a top spin. :D

Anonymous said...

Vice versa and contrariwise (or is it the other way around?):

The child is father of the man.

Haleigh said...

I love this idea. I have always said that I am not raising my boys to be children; I am raising my boys to be men. This post puts a slightly different spin on the idea. Keeping the end (goal/purpose) in mind from the beginning certainly does guide how get from A to B.