Very few people have the ability to be obnoxious, even in their sleep.
I would be one of those people.
No, I don’t snore. Nor do I kick, punch, swear, or yell.
My sin of slumber?
The iPhone alarm with hand-picked tunes for an alarm tone.
I don’t see it as a problem.
But I am told that my wife hates it when Bohemian Rhapsody makes it all the way to the part where the Wayne and Garth start rocking out in the Gremlin…..and it fails to wake me.
Or perhaps a quick dose of Parry Gripp’s “Chimpanzee Ridin on a Segway”.
Sure to irritate every time.
And I’m a chronic snoozer.
But overall, everybody is on pretty good behavior during their hours of slumber.
It’s during those darn waking hours that we are destined to start screwing up.
And just like a spouse with an obnoxious alarm, it’s much much easier to get irritated with others’ shortcomings rather than our own.
Sometimes we have the luxury of avoiding offensive others.
But what about when those offensive others happen to be our children?
“_______ is acting like a complete moron.”
“Son, if you’re trying to get on my nerves, you’re doing a great job.”
“______ hasn’t hit a lick at anything all day. It would be nice to have some help.”
So following years of faulty reasoning a bad parental reactions, it finally occurred to me…….
in ALL cases of poor habits and behaviors displayed by my kids, they learned them for me.
And even if in cases where I didn’t specifically teach or model pure forms of ignorance, obnoxiousness, or laziness, I failed in one of two simple areas:
1) Consistently modeling good habits, behaviors, and reactions.
2) Giving specific instructions in cases where I have specific expectations.
If my kids have small failures along the way, it’s because of me. It’s up to me to make corrections.
Effective parenting dictates that the buck stops here when it comes to accepting responsibility for shortcomings.
When my kids seem to excel at something, the praise goes elsewhere.
Victories are a gift from God.
He will help you turn your next struggle into a victory when you humbly, patiently, and obediently look to Him for guidance.
Catch your kids doing something right and praise them for it.
Catch them struggling with something and know it’s up to you to help them work through it.
No blaming and complaining allowed.
No thinking “I got this, I’m good at this.”
No leaving God out of the plans (or the battles).
Give thanks always for the privlage of parenthood.
Don’t be too proud to ask for help.
And make it a point each day to look down on your children while they sleep.
A great reminder of a parent’s great responsiblility and great purpose in life.
A great reminder of God’s love for us and our dependence on Him.
Now go find some really bad music to set 5am alarm to……even if you have no intention of getting up.
Having a spouse talk about your stupidity promotes humility.