|Posted by Valerie Anderson-Stallworth on June 9, 2010 at 7:09 PM|
Wow. The children in my life take center stage, again. "Teach respect. Authority plus love when a child is small sows the seed of a great patriot, a great world citizen, a great Christian." Anne Ortlund
"Show proper respect to everyone; Love the brotherhood of believers, fear God, honor the king." 1 Peter 2:17
All I'm tring to do is provide some guidance and discipline while the child is still young. The bible does say to "spare the rod, is to spoil the child". I don't advocate child abuse in any situation, but I do believe that a smack on the hand or on the bottom may be just what he needs to help him understand his wrongs. I'm sorry, a good spanking in my day didn't hurt anyone, although I do understand it is so easy to cross the line.
I have to reclaim my home. Sometimes I feel like a prisioner when it comes to the "young ones" running the show, and allowing them to make decisions about situations they can't even spell yet. I don't believe that we should be honoring the requests of 3 - 7 year olds in any circumstance, and their "side" of the story can not always be considered... Do they have a "side" at 6 years old? I think that when a parent or adult tells a child no, that means no, and not wait until they ask again. Whewww... what a day.
All and all, I did have a great day today, participating in the "Marketing Your Talents" workshop. The workshop was offered to survivors/victims of the recent RIF, free of charge, to us. I didn't know what to expect this morning, and teetered on not attending, but realized that this may be the only opportunity I may have to reconnect with some old "friends". I was right. It was so nice to see you, and you, and you, and you. I was surprised to see "you" here for the 2nd time around. May God Bless each and everyone of my old "friends" who participated in today's session. May He shower you with so many of His gracious blessings, that you don't have room to receive, and may you find that awesome job that is deserving of the wonderful talents that you have. You will all land on your feet, and all will be fine.
Back to the kids. I am anxiously awaiting the day when we have an empty house again. The girls are leaving for Colorado this Saturday. They spend each summer with their family in Colorado. This is always a time for Willie and I to get the house together, and catch up with each other. This is our revival time. Michelle, Nathan and the boys will be moving this weekend also. Yeah... not that I don't love having them around, but I think it is real easy for family to quickly "wear out their welcome" when they are camping out for any length of time. I also feel like the boys need their own space, toys, beds, and home. It has been challenging, and I can only pray that Michelle will not take our giving them the boot personal. After all, we've been more than gracious for 5 months, and It'shard to be grandma up close, especially when our parenting styles collide, and they do. "We just talk to him"... Ok, enough said. So long for now. Tomorow is another day. Up early to MacDill to enroll the girls in DEER'S and get Amber her first ID card. This should be fun... I think it's going to be harder and harder to fight that "Early Morning Affective Disorder", tomorrow, but you know me. I shall rise like the trooper that I am.