Kathryn and Caleb Whitt put their young daughter down to sleep and then left the room. An hour later, they heard whispers over the baby monitor and were surprised by what was being said.
A parent’s job is not easy. Parents have to teach their children even basic skills such as how to hold a spoon or how to put on pants. Then there are values we want to instill in our children, to be responsible and good people in society. How is one to know if they are actually listening?
Once in a while, though, parents will get a sign that the kids are, and such was the case for the Whitts with their then 2-year-old daughter, Sutton.
At their home in Seneca, South Carolina, Kathryn and Caleb say nightly prayers with Sutton before she goes to sleep. On one Sunday night, however, they rushed to put her to bed so they could continue watching the Panthers play in the NFC championship game—football is a popular sport for many South Carolina families—and, in their haste, they forgot the bedtime prayer.
An hour after putting Sutton to sleep, her parents heard noises from upstairs. The mom quickly accessed the baby monitor from her cell phone. What they saw and heard surprised them—Sutton was reciting her bedtime prayers!
“We had no idea that she was even comprehending prayer and what we’ve been doing at night,” Kathryn said. “And then to be able to do it herself, at two, in the crib by herself.” The mother was stunned.
Kathryn told Inside Edition that normally Sutton rushes through the prayers, but on this occasion, she took the time to name everybody. Sutton prayed for her parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and even Santa Claus.
She ends the prayer with “Amen” before going to sleep.
When Kathryn posted the video on Facebook to share with her family and friends, she didn’t expect it to go viral.
“Almost immediately people from all over were sending us messages saying that this touched their hearts,” Kathryn said.
The video was viewed more than 2 million times on Facebook and received many positive responses. Here are a few:
Since the video went viral online, Kathryn said there’s been a small change at bedtime—Sutton now looks forward to prayer time.
It goes to show that kids are listening to what parents teach—even when they least expect it. This was certainly true in Sutton’s case, to the great surprise and delight of both her mom and dad. That makes it all the more important for us to teach them well!