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Not Me Monday

I have never done a Not Me Monday post. This is hosted by MckMama. Perhaps my bad parenting day can help someone else see that they are not alone.

Wow. Was it ever a Monday here. Today I most certainly did NOT have a child who huffed and puffed and stomped everywhere, causing me to call him the “Big Bad Wolf”. Nope, not me. That sort of thing does not happen in a preacher’s family. We are always spit-shined and  loving toward each other. So of course, I did not punish said child for being disrespectful to his brother by making him do the dishes alone. By not doing so child could not have whined for two hours about how tired he was and how he needed to go to the bathroom. So then, I could not have told him to hurry with the dishes to avoid any discomfort. Attitude did not get worse. I certainly did not tell him he better get a shower quickly in order to get in bed so he would be refreshed in order to get up at 5:30-ish to get to public school on time. I really did not tell him that if he is going to treat the people who love him like garbage, he can spend his days with people who do not love him. My wonderful husband, being the loving father that he is, assuredly did not agree to drive child in question to the local school  in order to “put the fear in him” in the morning. (with a backpack full of paper and pencils and lunch money) Nope, not me at all.


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5 thoughts on “Not Me Monday

  1. Great post!! I have 5 sons, so I can relate!

  2. I totally LOVE this. I am praying that this morning really does scare him. I am praying that he repents of his bad attitude and sees how sinful it is. I have dealt with this more times than I care to count. Your post reminded me of this:

    In many ways, the attitude of obedience is much more vital than the act, because if the attitude is right, the act will naturally follow. But the right action with the wrong attitude is nothing but hypocrisy. ~ John MacArthur

    It is what I am trying, trying, trying to get my kids to understand. In our Sunday School class last Sunday, we study the account of the bronze serpent, and I noticed that the Israelites were punished for COMPLAINING. Mark said that I needed to get a long rubber snake to use with the kids when they complain. 🙂



    • mskelli on said:

      He did get scared. He and Mark talked a lot in the car. He came to the realization that the One he hurt the most was not Samuel, not me, but God. They prayed together and Benjamin asked Mark for another chance to stay homeschooling with the rest of the family. Mark told him he’d have to talk to me. So he called me from the car and asked. (Of course I said yes.) When they got home he gave me a great big hug. So far, you can tell a difference in his attitude.

  3. I will continue to pray. I know that both of my big kids have had times like this when God deals with them in a huge way. It’s always hard, but when they repent, it’s also always better in the end. But until then…h.a.r.d. Right now, I am dealing bickering and it’s about to drive me NUTS. It seems like there is no punishment that is severe enough to make it stop.

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