So here is this scenario this morning. First it doesn’t help that I woke up with a super sore throat and feeling congested. I thought I had recovered from a cold two weeks back, I guess I was wrong.
So not feeling well, I stayed in bed and let my girls have a little down time which translated means “iPad time/Mindcraft time”.
Once I did get up and got us ready we were heading to the Florida aquarium where we haven’t been in a couple of years. I’ve been working 7 days a week these days, so I really wanted to spend some time with them and get out of the office.
Here is where the kindness thing comes in. The girls went outside to our car as I locked up the house and first one and then the other told me they were saying unkind things to eachother. I’m not sure where this was coming from because all morning they were being great to eachother and we tout kindness as one of our top family values. I believe kindness should be a part of their character without exception.
So as I’m hearing their tales or should I say “tattle tales”, one from eachother and it occurs to me, first to count it against our “attitude check” guidelines. Which means that just like we have zero tolerance for disobedience and disrespect to parents, I believe being unkind should also not tolerated and should be treated as such.
I’m thinking this through as I am driving and another thought occurs to me, what if I show extreme kindness to my girls today as the living, breathing example of kindness and then later this evening we can have the discussion of consequence and I can refer back to happenings in the day, whereby point by point I review my kindness and really grace to them throughout the day.
So as we are only mid day at this point I’m trying to see all the ways possible to display kindness to the girls and it is only 1:00pm……I hope the day is kind to me!