Sunday, April 17, 2011

My Proud Momma Moment

You know those days when you say the SAME thing over and over again?  Pick up your shoes, go to the bathroom, wash your hands, set the table, etc.  I often wonder if my kids listen at all!  I was reminded today that sometimes it's not what we say, but what we DO!  

I understand the importance of having your children help around the house.  I know they should have certain chores to do.  But that is so hard sometimes to keep up with that!  I've heard lots of moms say "no ever puts anything back where it is supposed to go!" or "my kids (or husband) are the reason my house is a disaster!"  Now, I have those times where I've said or thought those things too.  But I've always thought that, to an extent, I should lead by example.  If I want things put up, I should do them.  Of course, I need them to help too.  But if I'm not willing to do the work, why should they?

I walked into my sons room yesterday and he was in his closet.  It's a funny little walk-in closet where he can stand in there with the door closed.  I asked him what he was doing.  He opened the door and said, "Look mom, I'm organizing my closet.  I've got short sleeve shirts here.  Sleevables (what he calls sleeveless) over hear, and school shirts over here.  And then I put all my extra hangers down here on this rod." 

Oh what a proud momma moment!  Now, for those of you who know me well, you can understand how big a deal this was, since I LOVE to organize.  I literally started crying!  All the times I had reorganized his clothes and showed him where things should go had rubbed off!  I hadn't asked him to do this.  He just decided he wanted to do it himself.  Such ownership in a 7 year old.  Is it how I would have done it?  No.  Was it better than I would have expected?  Yes.  

Thank you God for showing me that my hard work DOES pay off!

Proverbs 22:6 (New King James Version)

6 Train up a child in the way he should go,
      And when he is old he will not depart from it.

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