Lee observed the other day that he often doesn’t ask Bethel to do something (like help clear the table) because David gets it done faster. I told him that I’ve been avoiding asking her to do something because I don’t want to deal with making sure she obeys. So we’ve been working on obedience lately (in both of our children– see previous post).
We also realized that we never taught Bethel to look at us when we say her name. So we just started working on this.
“Bethel.” (no response)
“Look at mommy” (Bethel looks up)
“When mommy says your name, you must look at her”
I think that will help her struggle with obedience lately. I’ve also been trying to make sure that I’m not distracted when I ask her to obey. Then I can follow through. Part of the problem is that I’ve been asking her to obey, and then not realizing she didn’t until it’s too late. Being more aware also helps me to help her obey– When I ask her to put something away, I’ve been walking with her to do it with her. This seems to have helped a great deal.
As a side note, she recently started saying memory verses at night with us. Lee usually works on a verse with David each night, and Bethel wanted to do it too. What fun!