Saturday, October 16, 2010

Mamas Pick the Mood

My 3 yr. old was a little difficult yesterday. She often watches me while she does something she knows she's not supposed to and waits for my reaction. This is not new. The new part is: when I told her not to do it she added a very whiny, "But Mahhhhhh-ahm!" That is "but Mom" in the loudest, whiniest kid voice you can imagine.

So yesterday, after hours of nothing but annoyance, correction, annoyance, correction I left the room, and prayed that God would give me strength. I instantly thought: do something funny. So, I walked back in like drum major in a parade and sang a silly song. She laughed until she got hiccups and we went on to have a wonderful and fun evening.

God reminded me that when my child is stuck in a bad place it is I who must make a change. I can either freak out and yell at her and we can have turmoil, or we can find a way to enjoy each other. I'm the Mama, I pick the mood.

Mamas pick the mood. Great reminder, Lord, thank You! I wonder how many other Mamas forget that. Surely, I'm not the only one :)

"The wise woman builds her house,
But the foolish pulls it down with her hands."
Proverbs 14:1


  1. Oh, this is such a good piece of advice. You are not the only one, my friend. There are at least two of us.