- clean their rooms
- make their beds
- practice the piano
- brush their teeth
- pack their backpacks
Sometimes I hate being the Enforcer.
This morning, I was reading Alma 51 with the kids. In it, Moroni is trying to restore peace to his war-torn land and people. It says that he was busy "SUBJECTING them to PEACE and CIVILIZATION." (Alma 51:22) (emphasis added) And, like, I totally LIKENED, because sometimes I, too, have to subject a little peace and civilization onto my people/kids.
And so it's ok that I get after my kids and beg them to say nice words to each other. And it's alright that I had to remind the Littlest Carrotstick that he really should try not to flatulate in public -- he "let a really loud One in Primary, but it was ok, Mom, because nobody heard or smelled it" -- and so I had to explain that, of course, they all really did; they were just being polite. And civilized. (Something that apparently he knows nothing about.) So he wouldn't be embarrassed. (Don't worry, he wasn't.) Because Moroni did it too! And if more people were like Moroni, then, well, the very powers of hell would be shaken. (Not that I'm saying I'm like Moroni. It's just that we both have to enforce the peace sometimes.)
So, this Trading Treats Tuesday my Treat is: Those Golden Moments When My Captain Moroni Act Works and My Kids Actually Get Along.
It's too bad only the Littlest Carrotstick looks like a peaceful, law-abiding citizen in this picture. But, hey, at least they are not fighting. Hurray for Peace and Civilization, Dawg!
What's your Treat today?
policeman picture originally downloaded by Julius Koivistoinen