So Brad and I steamed up some artichokes and picked a movie on our Apple TV (using netflix) like we normally do for a mini date night at home. I saw the Being Elmo documentary and remembered when Jo from A Cup of Jo mentioned it before it had even come out. Being documentary lovers, we decided to watch. IT WAS SO SWEET! There were many parts of the movie I loved, but one thing really stood out to me. When Kevin (the guy who plays Elmo) was a kid and got really inspired after watching some TV instructional videos on how to make puppets, he decided to use one of his dad’s coats to make one. So he cut the coat to pieces and made this puppet and then left it on his parents’ dresser so they could see when they got home. He started to get nervous realizing it may not go over well since he did destroy his dad’s jacket. His parents saw the puppet, went to him and said “So what’s his name?(the puppet’s)……. Kevin, next time if you want something just ask”. They were 100% supportive of him with his dream.
Right there they could have flown off the handle on how he should have known better to not use the jacket. But they didn’t and I’m glad. Now I’m not saying that we as parents should allow our kids to take over the home using it to do their will destructively. No… that would be bad. But we forget children are still learning and practicing when to use common sense. Not all actions like these are meant to be defiant or destructive. We need to focus on the intentions and heart of the child when taking these actions into consideration. But these parents KNEW their son, knew he wasn’t being defiant or destructive. They noticed he had a gift and was going after it. They corrected him lovingly by saying he should ask next time, but then praised him! He got to live his dream with full support and love from his family and in the movie he describes Elmo being the best of both his parents.
I want to do that. I pray I have the discernment to know when to correct, discipline, or praise my child(children) for their actions. It really just hit a soft spot for me and inspired me even more as a parent. I REALLY encourage people to watch it as a fun date movie, especially if you have kids or plan on having kids.
Below is the trailer… super sweet =)