I broke a glass yesterday and was reminded of this one time . . . (cue flashback sound).
My boys and I were living with my parents and they were 2 and 4 years old. It started with silence around 6:15 PM. Silence is never good in a house of toddlers. They weren't in the playroom, so I went searching. Liam (the then 4-year-old) had to go potty so he went to my parents' bathroom and Graham (little brother) followed behind with a pitcher full of poker chips and fake money. Don't ask.
I couldn't help but think about the story of the Unmerciful Servant from the gospel of Matthew, chapter 18. The king forgave his huge debt, but when someone owed HIM a smaller one he was unmerciful and threw him in prison. I was the middle-man debtor in this story-turned-real-life. My dad forgave me before I even asked, yet I was so angry that I couldn't properly tuck my kids into bed.
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But here's the tough part: When it comes to parenting, if you are too quick to forgive do you miss out on the opportunity to teach a lesson? Of course there is a lesson there on forgiveness and mercy, but where's the dividing line between holding on too long and reinforcing the message?
Copyright 2017 Abby Brundage
About the Author
Abby Brundage Watts is a mother of two little boys. Since January of 2008 she has hosted The Big, Big House Morning Show on Spirit FM 90.5, the radio ministry of the Catholic Diocese of St. Petersburg in Florida. The show mixes inspiration, humor and family fun (and great music of course)! You can hear Abby every weekday 6-10am, EST and online at www.myspiritfm.com. She also is the co-creator of the podcast, Perhaps This Is the Moment. You can find it on all the podcast platforms.