Our spunky two year old Cora has learned the art of the blame game. You know how it goes—
Caroline did it! (If Caroline simply touches her face and it apparently really *hurt*.)
Daddy did it! (When Tyler puts her to bed at her regular bedtime but she isn’t ready.)
Mommy did it! (When I brush the tangles out of her hair very carefully but she wasn’t having it to begin with.)
Just the other day, Cora bit her tongue while snacking and talking at the same time (I feel your pain, sweet Co). And after the tears were dried and she processed what happened, she proclaimed-- ‘Cora did it!’
I had to keep myself from laughing, of course. But what an example of owning up to a problem! The mind of a child is often a refreshing reminder to us all, and this was a great example.
How many times would it be easier to say—he did it, she did it—rather than
I did it. My bad.
A two year old can remind us all that one of the most powerful statements can be—it’s my fault. I own this. Although that can be very difficult and go against our pride, it is fundamental for leadership and for all relationships in life.
So the next time you blub up at work, are at fault in a relationship, or even if you bite your tongue, please proclaim '(insert your name) did it.'
Thanks for the life lesson, Cora!