Character- stick to your word

26 09 2012

Hi again, Yesterday my 13 year old (just) Daniel, was playing truth, dare or command with a friend who is a girl from church via BBM. He chose command, and she latched on quickly and commanded him to take a bunch of flowers to their teacher the next day. Now Daniel is a strong but gentle spirit and plays A team everything in his small school, so he immediately starts to doubt his choice.

“What must I do Dad?” he comes and asks.Well my boy, you made a choice of your own free will, knowing that  you might not like the outcome, even though your friend has come back and told you that you don’t have to do it, I would suggest that you honour the request.

“But my friends will laugh at me”, he says. Well my boy, you go up to your teacher and say that there were so many lovely flowers in the garden, that you couldn’t bear to see them go to waste, so you decided to bring her a bunch.

I then reminded him that he was the only boy in the whole of Grade 7, who, on his own initiative, took all the girls in his class a flower on valentines, so that none of them would feel left out.

At the end of the day, I really wouldn’t mind being given a few gears for sticking to my word.. he agreed, did the deed and all went well.

The lesson, which we discussed later? Think carefully before you commit, as you will have to follow through..

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