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Dawn - edging ever closer to 30, although I still feel like I'm 21. :) I'm married to a youth pastor ('Big G'), and have THREE wonderful kids: a five year-old son ('Little G'), a just turned two year-old daughter ('A'), and our newest little girl blessing, Baby R, was born May 28/07!! They keep me hopping as I juggle them, my WAH part-time job as an accountant, being a pastor's wife, and of course hobbies like quilting, scrapbooking, and blogging!

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Wednesday, March 15, 2006
How do they know how to push our buttons so soon??
I had expected that as my kids got older, there would be times when they would say things to us that would hurt us deeply, and even do so on purpose sometimes. But at three years old???

We've always prayed with Little G at bedtime - sometimes we'll prompt him what to say, but he mostly makes up his own sometimes amusing prayers these days. But the last several nights he's into this phase where he doesn't want to pray, and won't let us either. The first couple nights I just said that was fine if he didn't want to, but Mommy was still going to, and he threw a fit while I stood there and prayed quickly. I tried a different tactic another night; I told him that it makes Jesus sad when he doesn't want to pray (which apparently was a mistake according to hubby). That didn't work either, in fact, the last couple of nights he now says "I don't want to pray, I want to make Jesus sad" with this growly look on his face. It's as if he knows how much that will upset me and is saying it just to hurt me. Is that possible?

I know he's probably just testing out his limits and seeing what we'll do when he says various things, but it's so hard to not want to just MAKE him stop saying that! Our faith is the most important thing we want to pass on to our children, and to have them say that at three years old is very discouraging. Makes me wonder if we're doing something really wrong. Or maybe I just need to calm down and accept that it's just a phase and it will stop as quickly as it started. Couldn't he have picked refusing to brush his teeth or something not so close to my heart, though?!?

posted at 1:25 PM  


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