In a world where it’s way too easy to see all of the negative about our boys, we want to help you intentionally look for something to brag on…
I really do love my boys. They are fun, silly, smart and all-around enjoyable. They do have their moments though when they seem to be none of the above. This past week they both woke up on the wrong side of the bed and were complaining and grumbling against one another in a big way. By 8:30 a.m. I had had quite enough! And so we instituted the idea of Team Day. Everything that happened, all day long, would have to be done together. They were told they would walk together, eat together, and play together all day long. The tattle-telling was to come to an end and if I heard a peep of it, they would also be punished together.
The experiment began at 8:30 a.m. and by 8:00 p.m. they likely had no memory of their previous disagreements, whatever they might have been. They were walking around the house, holding hands and laughing. Bookworm2 fake read a book to Bookworm1 using all kinds of silly voices that had his older brother in stitches. I saw them hugging one another. They played Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf, calmly and happily taking turns at being the wolf. There was peace and harmony and they made the day a pleasure.
I do think it is important for siblings to be friends and I hope that they will continue to be just that! Not only is it a blessing for them, but also for the entire family. More so though, I hope they learn how to be friends generally, knowing that getting along requires commitment to the word of God, first and foremost!
Learning to set aside frustrations and differences can be hard. (Ok, let's face it -- it's always hard!) We're all different, with our own strengths and weaknesses, likes and dislikes. Trying to be the same never works. But holding hands, speaking God's word and HIS requirements into the situation is worth the effort. My boys learned this lesson, subtly, the other day. I love that!
Bottom line - this is, essentially, what they did:
They listened to their parents' advice and accepted instruction and correction. We pray that they will hold on to that so that they can gain wisdom for the future. (Proverbs 19:20)
Great job, boys!