Last night, Bethel wanted to pull her suitcase around, and I wanted to get her dressed for bed. She was very (overly) tired. She did not want to lie down and kept a death grip on the suitcase handle. When I pried her hands off, she screamed. Here is what I did: I sympathized with her (“It’s hard to stop what you are doing”), and just kept on changing her. I don’t want her to think that her crying has any effect on what I do in these cases. I didn’t say anything about anger (although it was anger) because she wasn’t really rational to hear it, I think. Once I was done, I carried her into the bedroom and she was fine (she goes to bed well, actually).
I don’t require the children to close their eyes when they pray. I’ve told them why we do it (it shows respect for God and helps us not to think of other things), but I’ve figured that they’ll close their eyes to pray as they mature. And they do. It’s fun to see them imitating the prayer habits of their parents.