Which Would You Rather Break?

At the shopping center…

Mother and daughter, of about 4 years old, were deciding which vase to bring home.

Finally, they picked one, which, according to the child, “Oh! This one, please, Mom? Daddy will be happy to see this. It’s blue, it’s his favorite color and simple like what he always says.”

The Mom agreed. Cheerfully and quite excitedly, the child hopped on over to her Dad, who was standing not too far away. Mommy was of course the one holding the vase.

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Why are you playing with it??!!! This breaks so easily,” remarked her dad immediately upon seeing them. Quite irked, judging from the tone of his voice, his snappy movement and facial expression. He then grabbed the vase from the Mom’s obviously careful and gentle handling, and I guess he returned it to the shelf, for he went back without it.

The child, was almost in tears.

Her heart, broken.

Now, which would you rather break?

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About Emile Therese

Emile Therese is a graduate of the University of Philippines in Diliman with a degree in Psychology. She is happily married. She and her husband, Dennis, are blessed with one amazing daughter (and hopefully at least one more child). She believes that values and character ought to be taught as early as possible and that these are key to community and nation building. This was also how she and her siblings were brought up by their two awesome parents! She is a Certified HR Professional who advocates employee engagement in its entirety. Emile believes that true employee engagement rests on the pillars of basic human needs and in ensuring that process and leadership basics are in place - the employee engagement imperatives. She hopes to contribute to making this world a better place for all of us now and the next generation. She loves sipping tea, conversations, reading and writing. The latter gave birth to two blogs - Purposeful Parenting Journey (purposefulparentingjourney.com) and Engagement Imperative (engagementimperative.com).

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