One morning I was trying to motivate Faith to finish the last few pages of one of her readers. Evidently the stories were nonfiction, and she said they weren’t fun.
“Well everything we have to do in life isn’t fun, but we have to do it anyway, like…” I said as she looked back at me with an expression that said nothing I could possibly say would be relevant, “poopy diapers! Do you think it’s fun for me to change poopy diapers?” Yea I actually got her to laugh! And as if right on cue I walked around the corner and there was the baby with a poopy diaper. I scooped him up and said, “Alright then you change that ‘poopy diaper’ and I’ll change this one!” as I walked out of the room.
This morning when I got up to start the new school day with both the kids, my self pep talk was, “Ok Esther go tackle those poopy diapers with a happy heart!”
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Thats adorable. And so so true!
Too cute, but a good lesson. I think sometimes our children see us go through our daily chores without complaining and don’t realize it’s not fun for us.
dr momi says
LOL….I hate it when my lessons come back to bite me 🙂
Motherhood is not easy! But thank God it is rewarding. We have to keep on keeping on.
This made me smile, but I agree with what Donna and Ugochi say though.
It Feels Like Chaos says
I have had similar conversations with my kids and it always seems like a new concept to them the idea of doing something that isn’t fun! I think many young adults today struggle because they still only want to do what is fun.
It’s hard even for adults to stick with something that’s hard. I’ve been working with my kids to teach them that “hard is fun.” I’ve explained to them that everytime they do something hard, it helps their brain grow bigger – which means they get smarter. Other things focus more on doing hard things, and becoming a better person for it.
When my kids tell me about their day, I ask them to tell me something they did that was hard – but they did it anyway. Then I tel them what I did that day that was hard to do.
I’m really seeing a difference in how they look at things.
shari lynne @ Faith Filled Food For Moms and Grandmothers says
Good Pep Talk Esther..Life is stinky and messy sometimes!
Way too funny!