Something strange just happened(Sunday afternoon). I was here in the office writing an e-mail to our landlord. My adorable little boy came in to offer me a pretzel. I declined with thanks and asked him to return to the living room to let me finish. A few minutes later he returned with a Lego flower that was guaranteed to make me sneeze – which it did. I asked him again to go back to the living room. Finally, he came back hidden under his toy hamper bag.
I questioned him as to whether he’d been asked to stay out of the office, or not. His reply – NO. I then reminded him he had. Stay with me this is where it gets weird.
I said, “My precious little boy, you know I love you and think you are wonderful, but I need you to stay out of the office and go back into the living room.”
His reply – “Okay”
And he did.
And he hasn’t been back in here giving me time to finish the email, read a blog post and write this! Wow! The phrase “a soft answer turns away wrath” comes to mind also, “you can catch more flies with honey than vinegar”.
I think I’m a hard, vinegar momma at times. And you know what? I get wrathful answers from a fly. Not really, but you get my point.
I needed to write down this success as a reminder and positive reinforcer to myself. My words and tone really do affect my little guy as much as any mood or state he may be in temporarily.
Now if I can just remember this!
I've linked this up with Mary Beth over at New Life Steward for WIP Wednesday. Seemed fitting since this is all about being a Work in Progress. Hop over, check out her blog and all the others who have linked up and show some love. Thanks.