Sad Face

A Living Stone

My Oldest daughter has given me a job.  I have to tell her a story about my life as a bedtime ritual.  Most of these stories are about me as a young person.  I try to stick to things I did at her age.

 

Stop Talking:

I told her about a time I got in trouble for talking in school.  In elementary school, I think third grade, we had a Happy Face-Sad Face system the principal implemented when the students got excessively loud.

When it was turned to a Happy Face, kids are free to talk.  However, when talking became noise, a teacher would turn the sign around to a Sad Face.  This meant- SILENCE!

Of course I was not paying any attention and kept on talking.  Boom! Little me third grader is now in trouble.  I guess for those that know me, it is no big surprise that I got in trouble for talking.

 

The Punishment:

My punishment was to sit on the stage in the cafeteria and eat my lunch alone.  These days, at my daughter’s school, it is a treat to eat on the stage. Not for me.  I was embarrassed.

 

Kid’s Brain:

Reagan says “Well Daddy, maybe then you would think about what you did”.  She was right. I expected a different kind of answer.   I thought she might show me sympathy.  Instead she saw my actions had a consequence that she could accept.

 

Matthew 18:3

and said, “Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.

 

Question:

Is it okay to admit to your children that you made age appropriate mistakes?

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