Tonight at dinner, King Charming and I had to have a conversation with the girls about some behavior problems we've noticed. They haven't been listening and obeying me very well lately. Their respect for me was slipping, and we knew we had to nip it in the bud before it got to be a real problem.
They discovered Mommy is a pushover, so they were waiting to obey me until it fit into their own agenda or until I was frustrated enough to yell about it. It's funny. One of my strongest suits as a teacher was classroom management. I prided myself in having a very peaceful, well-run classroom, and was also proud that I never yelled. I'm so soft spoken, yelling at 12-year-olds would never have worked. I just trained them well, made my expectations of a peaceful, safe, happy, QUIET, classroom very clear and was super consistent in enforcing those expectations.
I figured I'd be good at that as a mom, too. NOPE. Not at all. Anyway, I knew it was time to stop letting it escalate to the point of yelling and nagging. We told the girls at dinner that I would tell them once, then there would be an immediate consequence for not obeying. They responded really well to the conversation and even admitted to knowing that they were doing it.
The best part of the talk was when King Charming said, "The Bible says it is really important to obey your parents."
He was going to say more, but the girls didn't miss a beat before they said in unison, "Ephesians 6:1, obey your parents in the Lord for this is right." And then went back to eating their roast beef.
KC and I looked at each other in surprise. We weren't expecting them to actually quote the scripture from the Bible where it said that! : )
All I can say is AWANA rocks!
There was an immediate change in their attitude towards me tonight. They were so helpful and respectful. I'm so thankful for my sweet girls and their sensitive hearts. And seeing how they apply the Word of God they have stowed in their little hearts.