• Gaye Burch

Is stomping bugs bad?

Last Sunday I took my children's class outside, because I had just handed them each a cupcake and I did not want to vacuum when they were all done; cupcake crumbs can be extreme. When the children, ages 5-9, were all done eating, we played a couple rounds of freeze tag and then lined up to go back inside. As I was leading the way, I saw a cricket right in front of me on the sidewalk. I put up my hand and whispered loudly, "Wait! There's a cricket."

I started to group the children so everyone could gears were turning, wondering how I was going to turn this into a lesson about God's amazing creation.

As the kids were forming a tight circle to look, I was saying, "Wait,wait, wait. Come slowly. With awe in my voice, I continued, "Look at how his wings...................


This little foot came out of nowhere and smashed the cricket. Some children had not even had a chance to see it. I called the child's name sternly and said, "____________, Why did you do that?" She had no answer. It happened so fast, I was sure she didn't think before acting. Smashing the bug was not the issue...the child has not been taught to think before acting. Kindness, obedience and self-control are the issues. I talked to her about being kind------not to the bug------because that wasn't the issue, but taking away the other kids opportunity to look at the bug and enjoy the diversion from their normal class schedule was unkind. I think she knew what she was doing was wrong, but it didn't compute fast enough. Take the time to teach your children self control and to obey authority. (In this situation she disobeyed me. She heard my instructions to LOOK at the cricket, and chose to stomp it instead.) You want your child's natural instincts to BECOME kind, self-controlled, and obedient.

This is the perfect time of year to look at bugs with your children. Teach them about God's creation. Let them learn to love what they see and be curious enough to wait--before stomping.