Wednesday, February 27, 2013
"I Stopped Crying!"
"I want the other one!"
"I want you to stay!"
You mothers of toddlers know what it's like to hear whining, griping, complaining, and crying all the time. Oh, the crying! It's a struggle to try to figure out how to placate them while still maintaining your authority.
Several months ago, when Gracie would cry, I might offer an alternative. She could turn the tears off like a faucet, and she would say, "Mommy! I stopped crying!" I found myself making sarcastic comments in return.
Then, one day, it occurred to me that for Gracie to stop crying was actually a good thing. That's what I want: for her to learn self-control and to adjust her thinking and attitude to being happy even in less-than-desirable circumstances.
Now, I still try to offer alternatives or things to think about or sometimes I just ignore the tears. A few minutes later, when Gracie has directed her attention to something else, she will happily say, "Mommy, I stopped crying!" and I will happily praise her for being a big girl. Now we both have smiles on our faces!
"...but David encouraged himself..." I Samuel 30:6