It is sometimes easy to get bogged down with the MUNDANE of parenting:
changing poopy diapers, wiping sticky hands and faces, making your umpteenth PB&J sandwich, etc. (although joy can be found in these things).
But one of the TRULY WONDERFUL things about parenting that I have discovered is
the opportunity to teach life’s lessons and eternal principles to God’s little ones in our charge.
I had one such experience on Friday. After picking my kindergartner up from school I asked him how his day went. He became contrite as he responded that he didn’t get a sticker on his calendar. (A sticker is rewarded at the end of each day to the students who have behaved well in class). I was shocked, as his teacher always raves about him being an exemplary student and this is the first time he has ever not received a sticker. I asked him why and he said his teacher wrote her reasoning on his calendar. “Playing all day…not listening; acting silly, such as head-butting with friends,” it said. A perfect teaching opportunity, I thought. Such opportunities present themselves every day; as parents we must learn to RECOGNIZE and SEIZE them (something I am far from perfect at).
I then explained to my son that there is a TIME and a PLACE for certain things. Being silly, for example, is not bad…but there are certain times and places to be silly and other times and places where it is not appropriate to be silly. Outside and at home are places to play and be silly, but when saying prayers outside or at home it is not the time to play and be silly. Recess is a time and a place for these things. He then came up with some of his own examples of this principle…I know he gets it…and I am grateful that just this once he didn’t get a sticker on his calendar. And I am glad that he learned about this scriptural principle first from me, rather than the Byrds.