Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Which way do you lean?

I'm one of those Moms.

The one who constantly worries she's messing up her kids.  Screwing them up for life, you know?

I have days where this really bothers me, and days where I say to heck with it.  Neither days keep me from yelling at my kids more than I wish I did.  Neither of them keep me from punishing a kid who maybe just needed a timeout WITH Mommy rather than without.

But today? Today I got one of those little reminders that I must not be doing such a terrible job.

Today I took my kids to see a movie.
A movie I almost skipped because I also took them to one yesterday.
And I'm such a corny Mama that I cried at both movies this week. BOTH of them!

Today's movie was The Lorax.
Have you seen it?

If you haven't, you should.  And I won't ruin it by giving away too much of the story line. {And can I just say? I. LOVE. Dr. SEUSS!!}
All the kids loved it - the theatre came alive during the songs, complete with clapping and stomping!
The kids clapped during several parts of the movie.

And my heart was moved to tears because they got it.

Kids are smarter than we often give them credit for.
They might not get all the symbolism and underlying messages but they know right from wrong and they can even sense when a character has poor motives even before it's revealed to the other characters.

The opposite is true as well.

There were some great lessons in the movie today.  I know my Sweetpea and my Buddy got them, even at 9 and 5 years of age.

But I learned lessons too.

Here's my favorite one:

Which way do you lean?

Thankful for God's grace in my lack-luster mothering!

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