Friday, March 20, 2015

Supermooned, Part Deux

I just read that today is not only the first day of Spring (PTL!!) but also a total solar eclipse for those blessed souls who live WAY up north (e.g., the Faroe Islands) AND it's a supermoon.

That explains a lot ... including why Beebee had purple marker all over his face when he woke up yesterday. Apparently, the kid has a pattern when it comes to supermoons...

So, I thought this called for lots of chocolate a celebration and a repost (I can't believe this was three years ago!):




So ... I'm sure y'all have heard about the "supermoon" phenomenon from this past week. (If you haven't, here's a link to more info.) I'm also sure that those of you with children noticed an effect on said children ... at least, we have.

First, it was the cRaZy behavior all week, such as the boys running laps around the living room and arguing with an 8-year-old about watching "Walking with Dinosaurs" for the 12th time in a 24-hour period. Then it was waking up Thursday to find Beebee had slept with red and yellow markers (the NON-washable ones, of course) and decided to channel his inner Picasso all over his legs, his hands, his face, the hardwood floor and the Pottery Barn Kids rug that survived 8 years of boyhood with nary a blemish (still get a little weepy thinking of the rug).

Next it was the phone call Friday from the preschool less than an hour after I dropped him off informing me that Beebee had taken a chunk out of his arch nemesis, Billy* (*names changed to protect the not-so-innocent).

But wait, there's more --

Friday night, Beebee again showed his creative streak; this time, pouring NEON ORANGE paint all over their play table, rubbing it in thoroughly with both hands, and being careful to get it on his clothes, his body, the wall and the carpet within the two minutes it took us to realize what had happened. (Did I mention that we bought a carpet cleaner not long after Beebee came into our lives?)

Note: you will notice the obvious lack of photos documenting these events ... we were too busy freaking out and cleaning up to take any snaps.

I learned a few things from being "super mooned" this week: 1) whoever created washable neon orange paint was an Einstein-level genius and 2) we all screw up royally sometimes. That's what makes us human, and that's what keeps life ... colorful. And that's why we need to show grace to our kids. Think about how we would feel if God reacted to our messiness in the same way we often react to our kids' chaos. Really think about how you've treated your child's misdeeds in the past 24 hours. Now, put yourself in your child's place, and God in yours. Kinda humbling, huh?

Don't get me wrong ... there is a definite time and place for appropriate and swift disciplinary action (such as when someone colors on the PBK rug), but I do believe there are times when grace should be our first response. After all, we all need grace ... even us grown-ups. (Actually, I think we grown-ups need grace a little more often than kids, don't you?)

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