This morning our 2 year old earned a time-out. The crime was that he and his 4 year old brother decided to wake up their oldest brother.
Christmas morning is the annual mulligan in our household for waking up siblings. Otherwise it is off limits.
When you have five kids, time in bed is invaluable. For kids, it seems there is a direct correlation between plenty of sleep and good behavior. The most important reason for this rule though is that dad and mom get to sleep when the kids are asleep.
SO, back to the timeout…
I put our 2 year old in a large chair for his five minute time-out. In hockey, five minutes is a major penalty, in our household, it’s a minor penalty.
After he sat down, he fully extended each of his hands to the chair arms, put a grumpy look on his face, looked me square in the eyes and said, “I’m bored.”
Uh huh…that’s kind of the point. I told him to think about his choice to wake up his brother.
As his father, it is predictable for me to analyze his behavior and call it selfish. Granted, it’s a good sign he wants to play with his brother, but he failed to realize that while attempting to improve his own life, he actually took advantage of the many others lives. Such as:
- His brother, who needed more sleep
- His sisters, who woke up after hearing the three of them up
- His parents, who really needed the sleep 🙂
- His grandparents…I could go on…
Unfortunately, self-centered behavior is not isolated to two year olds. More often than I want to admit, adults make self-centered decisions and live self-centered lives.
This Sunday, we are going to take another look at the selflessness of Jesus as well as His earthly mother. Mary, was chosen by God to deliver His Son Jesus and after receiving this news from the angel, she broke out in a song. Pastor Dave will share part two of his sermon on the Magnificat.
In the meantime, make sure you don’t wake up your family and do your best to live selflessly like your Savior.