I Shall Not Want
Not long ago, my daughter Sarah learned the phrase “I want.” As someone who hopes my children will learn the importance of clearly stating their needs, I was initially quite happy with Sarah’s newfound ability to express herself. Then, one day, “I want” turned into “I need.” No longer did Sarah simply “want” a piece of cheese or her beloved blanket; now she needed it. (And she needed it quite desperately, and now.)
A week or so later, probably while waiting for something as frustrating as a piece of bread to toast, Sarah’s cry changed again: “I want and need toast,” she wailed.
What do Amy and her husband learn about their needs as wants as they teach Sarah about hers? Read the full text of this article in the November/December 2007 issue of Horizons.
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Amy Starr Redwine is a freelance writer with a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary. She lives in Akron, Ohio, where she and her husband strive daily to faithfully parent their two-year-old daughter and await the birth of their second child.
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