I was a little leery about having to do all this parenting training that we're required to do for Peter's adoption. Because we're working with two different agencies, we have 20 hours of videos and quizzes and online lessons to accomplish. I was afraid they'd be "cheesy" or "boring." To be totally honest...I thought I didn't "need" them. After all, I've had three kids already.....three very different kids in three very different life circumstances. I was pretty sure that I would be okay, even without doing this training, and besides, didn't they know how busy I was with all of this paperwork, and its additionally required doctor's appointments, vet appointments, and then just regular daily life?
Well, I'm about halfway in now - just finished my 10th hour and 5th quiz - and again, God is using these circumstances to teach me something new, or to broaden my viewpoint. Yes, a lot of the videos were "review" in the sense that I'd heard the parenting theories and suggested implementations before.....but there was a lot that I hadn't heard before as well. I was an anthropology major in college - I could ace the sections on race and culture - but I have to admit that the science of brain development was totally new to me. It was fascinating, and I actually found myself thoroughly interested in the computer programs, and contemplating my past parenting experience in light of this new information. I can honestly say that I did, truly, learn a few new things.
What is the point of this story, you may be asking? The point is this:
God will always find a way to encourage humility. ;-) We can never - and will never - know it all.
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