On this 80’s Episode of Conversations With Small Children… we find a mother and her 4 year old daughter home watching the Disney movie Pinocchio.
The small child seems befuddled by the small cricket that followed the little puppet boy around and helped him. She makes an inquiry…
“Mommy, what’s that bug?”, says the small child.
“He’s Pinocchio’s conscience.” replies the mother.
“What’s that?” asks the small child.
The mother, not quite sure what to say, replies, “It’s a little voice in your head that tells you not to do something when you’re about to do something wrong.”
And with that the small child nodded and went to play.
The mother, thinking that the explanation was beyond the understanding of the small child, assumed that the child would forget this lesson.
A few days later we find the child making a mess in the kitchen that had just been cleaned.
As the mother walks swiftly into the kitchen the small child looks up, realizes she is in DEEP yogurt and says,
“Mommy, don’t you hear that small voice in your head saying, don’t spank that little girl.”
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