I love that this morning, I had an opportunity to teach my children not to be mean. 🙂
This morning, Bethel and Laurel were playing with a new playdoh set that Laurel bought with her own money. I heard Laurel start to get irritated with Bethel, so I looked over and saw that both children had a small bit of playdoh. Then I saw that Bethel had all of the rest of the playdoh hidden. She was practically sitting on it.
Now, Bethel knew she wasn’t doing right. I think she knew she was being mean. But I still felt the necessity of defining it for her, since I’ve noticed a pattern of meanness the last few weeks. That’s why I took the time to talk about how we (mommy and Bethel) can tell that there might be meanness in her heart.
So, without further ado… How do you know what you’re being mean? All of these happened in our household by all of our children, just this morning!
- When you’re more interested in hiding a toy than playing with a toy.
- When you’re glad that someone is getting in trouble for grabbing.
- When you’re trying to play with three toys at once, just so someone can’t play with one of the toys you have.
- When you have more than you can use, and won’t let anyone have any (One child this morning had five cups of orange playdoh that he made, and wouldn’t give any away!)
Since all the selfishness happened before eight o clock, what verses will we talk about at breakfast?
Working to give. This was an important verse for our situation, because Laurel used money she earned doing work to purchase the playdoh. It was good and right for her to see her dollars being used not only for something that she wanted, but also for an opportunity to share. I want to reinforce this idea for her. I need to think of ways that I can provide for Bethel to work and share what she has worked for. David worked hard to make the playdoh. I want them to understand that work is a primary means of having so that we can give!
There’s probably far more passages we can think though, but more might be overkill. So we’ll stop there.
Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need. Ephesians 4:28