I’m not really sure how it happened. I don’t really know when it started. But I recently knew I had to stop. They’d ask for one more cookie – “no, not right now.” They’d ask to pull out all the paints to do art – “no, let’s do that tomorrow.” They’d ask me to play school and be their teacher – “no, how about we build a puzzle.” On and on, to nearly all their requests, I said, “no.” It wasn’t an angry “no.” It was more of a lazy, I don’t really feel like it, selfish “no.” Yuck! I didn’t even know I was doing it and I’m not sure what woke me up to stop, but enough was enough, it was time to say “yes.” I became totally aware of my “no” obsession and tried new responses – “ok, sure, that sound’s great, I’d love to do that, do you want more milk with your cookies too?” The whole mood has lightened. Their faces smile more. I feel alive and present instead of dragging and tired. I’m having fun! And best of all, I feel like I’m honoring God with the responsibility He’s given me to be a Mother. I’ll bet it was Him who told me to stop. He’s a loving Father like that and wants more for me and more for my kids. He disciplines those He loves. Do you need to stop?
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