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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Looking back at the ~ Best Guest Blogs Ever - FROM CRAFTIMOM

We'd like to welcome Sylinda (aka Craftimom) as a Guest Blogger here at Cachecrazy.com She is none other than the wife of our very own author BIG AL. (Lots of clapping and whistling in the background.) 



TEACHABLE MOMENTS



In the Alfred family there are five seasons each year:
winter, spring, summer, fall, and hunting. 



My men have already started to inventory their hunting gear and sight in their rifles. It will be months before I can safely stow all of their paraphernalia away where I am not tripping over it. But I don’t complain because hunting usually means meat in my freezer for the next year.



Recently my husband Rob (aka Big Al437)  took our son Levi (aka CacheKing1998) out for a youth hunt, a special time for the younger hunters to get a jump-start on the hunting season. The two of them spent the entire day in the woods waiting for an antlerless deer in the correct position and at the correct distance. Toward the end of the afternoon they saw the perfect opportunity. 


There was a nice doe in the open field at a reasonable distance.


With the two of them crouching behind a bale of hay, Rob instructed Levi on how to take the shot. Levi aimed, pulled the trigger… and missed! A second shot failed as the gun jammed.

Fortunately for Levi, it was Rob instructing him, not me. I have a habit of looking at hunting wildlife in terms of filling my freezer. Rob looks at it as a time to enjoy the nature God has created whether he brings home food or not. Rather than berating Levi for not hitting the deer, he patiently explained what he could have done differently to make sure he had a true aim and used it as a learning experience to prepare him for the big hunt in November.



As they were relating their adventures to me at the end of the day, I thought about other times when our kids have fallen short of my expectations. Whether it was an academic shortfall or a behavioral issue, I would like to say that I have patiently used it as a learning experience. However, I haven’t always. Too often I have been hasty and judgmental, and I have lost a teachable moment. Levi’s escaped deer was more than a learning
experience for him; it was a reminder to me to “speak the truth in love” to my children and to use each situation as a teaching tool. 

So whether you're hunting, hiking, sitting at home, or just out for a  Geocache, make the most of the time you have with your kids. You'll never regret using a teachable moment to help them learn something of great value.

Here's an update on how this year went for our family. Our son Levi shot a very nice 8 point buck on opening day. It weighed 154 pounds dressed. That equals a lot of meat for the freezer. Thanks, Levi. You did a great job with what you've been taught. 



5 comments:

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

What a great post and a good lesson for us all. Welcome to the blog Sylinda - I hope you come back!

BLOODHOUNDED said...

This is a great post! Using life experiences is how my father taught me to be a man. And, how I hope to educate and inspire my children as well. Super job and excellent writing Sylinda. You are welcome here anytime.

BigAl said...

Thanks for such a great article. I appreciate being able to take moments like the ones mentioned above and teach my children a life lesson that they will always remember. It does no good to provoke our kids to anger when we belittle them for doing something wrong. They are more apt to learn if we teach them with love and kindness. Thanks for this reminder and may we all heed what you have had to say.

Kevin Bloodhounded said...

This is a "feel good" post in so many ways!Family is the backbone of CacheCrazy.Com. We're not just a geocaching blog! We're so much more and Sylinda, you nail this one! Hope to see more from your perspective. It's gotta be a riot being married to Rob. He's a real handful and a happy go lucky guy! We love him!
BH

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