I love age three. Sure, there are ridiculous tantrums and a whole lot of trouble, but the things three-year-olds say, and the amount that they can comprehend—so FUN.
Nolan understands things in very simple terms. He likes to talk about how when the sun is up, it is time to be awake. When the sun goes down, the moon will come up, and it is time for bed.
He likes to talk about how he is hungry. And when he eats, the food all goes into his tummy, and he is full.
But pretty soon, I know we’re going to have some deeper questions. About Jesus. About Heaven. About his cousin Abby who has special needs. About sin. We’ll answer with carefully-worded answers. And his views on all sorts of things will start to be shaped and molded. This makes our job as parents SUPER important.
“Small Talk” by Amy Julia Becker, includes countless stories from a mother who has learned so much from simple, day-to-day conversations with her three children. It reads almost like a devotional, with short chapters, each on a big life topic. She offers up her grown-up, complex thoughts on each issue, and includes the simple, naive, wonderful thoughts of her children as well. Her oldest daughter, Penny, has Down Syndrome, and Penny has given Amy a new perspective on so many things, including true beauty.
“Amy Julia Becker writes about faith, family, and disability for Parents.com, the New York Times Motherlode blog, TheAtlantic.com, The Huffington Post parents page, Christianity Today, The Christian century, and numerous other publications. Her first book, A Good and Perfect Gift: Faith, Expectations, and a Little Girl Named Penny, was named one of the Top Ten Religion Books of 2011 by Publishers Weekly. Amy Julia lives in western Connecticut with her husband and three children.”
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