Grace, as given by a four year old.

I just gave Ruthie a time out for ignoring me (a frequent happening in our relationship). After her time out, when I spoke to her about what she’d done, she seemed flippant and more concerned about getting back to Dora than she was about repenting and telling me she is sorry.

So I sent her to her room.

After THAT time out was done, we had another talk. Well, it was more like I lectured her. But the end of my lecture we dialogged, and she said she was sorry.

We hugged and kissed, and as she walked away she turned back and said, “Mommy, can you smile at me?”

And I did, and she skipped happily down the stairs.

I look forward to the day when I don’t have to go into robot mode while disciplining my children – when I can let my emotions run freely because they are healthy emotions, when I can switch more readily from a righteous anger to a loving forgiveness, when I can take myself less seriously and offenses less personally.

One thought on “Grace, as given by a four year old.”

  1. Hi Jen: This probably wouldn’t be a good time to tell you that it gets worse as our children get older, would it?

    My son started his senior year of high school day. You might want to read a post on my personal Blog ( to give you a flavor of what is to come.

    Just tell yourself that this is all part of the fun of parenting. (gag!)



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