Clayton is an intelligent, thoughtful, contemplative young man. He’s always been a thinker.
When he was born, friends told me that even his little baby face looked “so serious.” Clayton is a smart guy. Chances are, whatever the topic of discussion, Clayton knows something about it … something useful, interesting.
When we traveled on a family cruise this past summer, we didn’t even miss having the use of our phones for the internet because we had Clayton with us. As we said, “Who needs Google when you’ve got Clayton!”
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I’ve learned from him. One thing he’s taught me is even though I may know more, I don’t have to share it. Clayton’s opinions are usually very thought-out, but he isn’t quick to begin lectures on the subject. As he’s matured, he shows other-centered restraint when it comes to dispensing his opinion. What a great example that is to me.
When it comes to the really important stuff, he shares his opinions, but, if the subject is a non-essential, he withholds weighing in on every point. I just love that.
When an opinionated person chooses to restrain thoughts, it shows a ton of self-control and thoughtfulness toward others. Now, don’t get me wrong. My son isn’t perfect. His tongue gets loose and his temper gets unleashed from time to time (just like his mom). The point is, the majority of the time he really gives it his best shot.
I want to be like Clayton when I grow up. (I bet my husband wants that for me too! Ha!).
Tips I’ve learned from my son:
1. Just because you think it doesn’t mean you share it.
2. Agree with what you can.
3. Care more about the person than your opinion.
You know, these remind me of a prayer the ancient Psalmist prayed:
“Set a guard over my mouth, Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips.” Psalm 141:3,4
Question: How do you want to be like your son or daughter when you grow up?