Many family and friends know that my son is quite the literal child. Something either is or isn't.
Lately, he has really been motivated by what he is learning at church. He'll talk about it repeatedly throughout the week, explaining it to his little sister, his classmates (or so I'm told by their parents at birthday parties) and to us. I think he is at that age when the stories from the Bible are incredibly vivid, and exciting, sometimes adventurous or mysterious. I'm just happy it rivals his two year obsession with Scooby Doo. This past Sunday he learned about Jonah and the worm (worm, not whale Jonah 4:5-11). The lesson from the day taught him about the word "repent" and what it means. A great start to the week...
Tonight, my little man had a rough night. It could be that being without Daddy most of the month is really starting to take its toll on all of us. I know I've not been as patient and all-forgiving as I should be as a mother so why wouldn't it also be the case for this almost six year old little boy of ours? It doesn't matter what the problem was but the result was that he had a consequence for some repeated behavior tonight. He had multiple warnings and then I had to lower the boom and he lost one of his three books at bedtime. The wailing, the tantrum, the screaming commenced and when he finally stopped, we read his two books and began our nighttime prayers. We always follow the prayer outline of "thank you God for...forgive me God for...help me God with...I praise you God for..." His prayer was first "I'm sorry that I disobeyed" but quickly followed with "please, God, remove my consequence and let me have my third book back" and despite my best efforts to talk with him what repenting means and that it is not about regaining what we lost or want back, it just didn't sink in. I'm blanking on how best to approach this. Alongside what I hope is a growing relationship with God, I want him to learn to accept the inevitable possibility of consequences between himself and peers and sometimes teachers without being on full tilt temper tantrum mode for the rest of the day following an incident. We all mess up sometimes and sometimes we have to have a time out or consequence. How can I get him to cope with this aspect of life?
So moms out there that may be struggling with the same challenge, any thoughts or words of advice?