When my sister Heather (and family) were visiting, she had a little talk with Jakob about being KIND, HELPFUL and OBEDIENT to his mama aka ME. :) She is such a good mom and I admire the way she parents her children...so I appreciate her helping me out with my wascaly wabbits. :)
I have been able to remind Jakob to be K, H, and O on several occasions, and he immediately remembers his talk with Aunt Heather...and MOSTLY cooperates. :) I have been struggling with how to teach my children to be inherently K, H and O.
It seems like a constant battle and I sometimes feel like I have monkeys and not children running/climbing/hollering around my house...and that we MUST be speaking a different language and that is why they don't understand me and look at me like I am annoying them when I ask them to do something. Like, how DARE I ask them to clear their dishes off the table? How DARE I ask them to stop yelling and hitting each other? How DARE I ask them to stay in their seat until they are done eating? How DARE I ask them 1,000 times to put their shoes/toys/etc. away?
And they are only 7, 5 and 2. Seriously? You'd think they were teenagers sometimes. Sheesh!
I am working on it, and trying hard to be pleasant but firm with my parenting, but most of the time I end up yelling my head off and feel like I'm going to explode because I am so flabbergasted and exhausted by repeating myself 10 billion and 2 times a day. I find comfort in knowing I'm not the only parent who has felt this way...and I am asking for your advice and tips on things that have worked with you?
I love that my "Family Gems" and my "Daily Gems" seem to be paired so well...
Here's the Family Gem:
A Parent's Role Is to Entice Children to Obedient Actions
"Giving a man a fish feeds him for one meal. Teaching a man to fish feeds him for a lifetime. As parents and gospel instructors, you and I are not in the business of distributing fish; rather, our work is to help our children learn 'to fish' and to become spiritually steadfast." David A. Bednar, "Watching with All Perserverance," Ensign, May 2010, 42–43
and the Daily Gem:
With a Sincere Heart and Real Intent
“To access information from heaven, one must first have a firm faith and a deep desire. One needs to ‘ask with a sincere heart [and] real intent, having faith in [Jesus] Christ’ (Moroni 10:4). ‘Real intent’ means that one really intends to follow the divine direction given.” Russell M. Nelson, “Ask, Seek, Knock,” Ensign, Nov. 2009, 81
So I guess I need to spend some more time on my knees... :)