Some people believe that by the time your child reaches two years of age, their value system is already in place. While I don’t buy this in its entirety, I do think that the first two years have a very large impact on kids' values. Emily is now two. That’s a little scary. It has got me thinking about what I hope she’s learned from her time with us.
I hope I’ve taught her the value of service. I try to encourage her desire to help me with housework (even when it means the job I’m doing takes four times as long), give her jobs to help take care of her brother, and explain to her what I’m doing when I go visiting teaching or drop off her dad at cub scouts. I hope I’ve taught her independence. I know I often err on the side of not setting enough boundaries, but I try to encourage her to make her own choices as much as possible and cope with the consequences. I hope I’ve taught her to love learning and books. I try to surround her with books and read with her, praise her pursuit of new skills and knowledge, and show her that her dad and I love reading and talking about what we read. I hope I’ve taught her God loves her and following His commandments brings happiness. We pray and read scriptures every day, and I try to make bearing my brief testimony of my values a habit as situations arise. I hope I’ve taught her about the goodness of family. I try to show her how much I love and enjoy my family, and how much happiness a good marriage can bring.
I'm so grateful to be able to spend so much time with this incredible girl, and I hope I've been able to teach her the values that have brought me so much joy in life.