I’m a rule nazi. It’s a good thing my kids aren’t teenagers yet because they still don’t fight back when I frequently say, “Ok, I’m making a new rule!” I mean, who knew you needed rules like don’t wipe your boogers on my bedroom wall or in the carpet, or no sticking your whole fist in your beverage glass, or even do not run up and down the stairs and throughout the house with a poopy bum when you need to be wiped; please stay in the bathroom and call me?!? Sigh. There must be rules.
My “main” rules are taped on the fridge [see photo above] and I make the kids look at them often. “Grant, go look at the rules!” “Clark, stop throwing your books and go look at the rules!” And they do it. They stand there and oogle at them and run through each one, often out loud, and then usually say, “Oops. I forgot that one. Sorry mom.” I usually make them look at them after time-outs, too, so they can pick out the rule that got them into trouble in the first place. Even Natalie walks past the rules and reports proudly, “Mommy, no push.” I know, I need counseling.
You know, God gives us rules, too — commandments, and then the Holy Ghost “makes new rules” all the time like pick up the toys with them instead of yelling at them to do it. I wish I were as disciplined about returning to the rules as I make my children be. I think I’d make less mistakes if I constantly turned back to the scriptures to help me correct and monitor my behavior. Maybe I need more time-outs myself…. oh, good idea; wouldn’t that be nice?
(This entry was originally posted on August 27, 2008. I’m still rebuilding my lost archives.)