This post at Danielle Bean’s site really hit home for me today.
I’ve been interrupted more times than I can count just this week by family members who need me to apply a band-aid, listen to a story, fill a sippy cup, find a missing shoe, read a book or give a hug or three.
I am not a gracious person when interrupted. The call, “Mom!” is often met by an Archie Bunker-eque “WHAAAAAAAAAAT???!” after a while.
I don’t want my kids answering me that way when I call them.
After I read what Danielle had to say I started thinking about the meaning of the word “obedience.” It really has more to do with listening.
If I expect my children to obey me, then I need to listen to them and respond nicely.
They may be interrupting me from planning dinner, cooking, mopping, vacuuming, reading, making a bed, folding socks or whatever. But the band-aids, hugs and sippy cups are also part of my job.
Thanks for the food for thought, Danielle.