Today was a grumpy day for Isaiah. He woke up grumpy and got back from church grumpy. We tried to let him decide on lunch or a nap but that decision wasn’t going to happen. We put him down for a nap. He couldn’t decide on our bed or his bed. Candice put him in his room and walked out; he screamed. I went in to be with him while he was upset and he continued to scream. I tried to blow him kisses and he yelled, “NO KISSES!!”
Candice came in and laid down with him.
The conversation below is the beauty I observed today.
Wife: Son, what’s wrong?
Wife: Are you grumpy and mad at me now?
Son: :::mumblemumblemumble::: “…down”
Wife: did you fall down?
Son: no, ….down in my room and out the door
Wife: are you mad that I put you down for your nap and then left you in your room
Wife: ok. I’m sorry, son.
Son: It’s ok, Mama
I love that my wife helped my son process.
I love that my son is learning to deal with his emotions.
I love that we’re parents who want to be with him when he’s grumpy and upset.
I know that we’re parents who sometimes don’t know what to do with a grumpy defiant child.
I love that we can talk to that child about our mistakes.
I love that we can receive and give grace.