One of the great opportunities of travel is that you get a good idea of your strengths and weaknesses in how you are parenting. You see where you need more work, and where your instruction is paying off. Sometimes it is humiliating. Sometimes it is a time for giving thanks.
Today I took the children out for breakfast without Lee (he’s in meetings all day, and we’re in a small hotel room. Last time we tried this was in St. Louis about nine months ago, and it was one of those humiliating experiences. David whined, Bethel ran away, and Laurel alternately cried and threw on the ground anything within reach. Today was much better. They all colored. They ate politely. In fact, I’m the only one who spilled anything. They didn’t shout all that much. While I was paying, they sat quietly on nearby chairs (I held Laurel).
When we got in the car, mommy prayed (out loud) and told God thank you for my three children who glorified God by their good behavior.
They’re not perfect. I’ve seen areas I need to work on, quickly! But this morning was a blessing and encouragement.