Quick example: My 5 year old son missed the school bus the other day. He was playing inside his new fort instead of standing by the window like he’s supposed to every morning 5 minutes before pickup time. His excitement to play in his new fort trumped his responsibility to be ready for school on time.
Now, you may be wondering where was I while all of this was happening…Well, I was standing right there beside him.
See… I set a timer for him in the mornings because it helps us both stay on track. He knows how much time he has to play before school and I know when to crank up the heat. But he and I have had this “morning drama” more often than not. and since I’ve decided to steer clear from drama in my life, I realized he needed a consequence for his choice. I am trying to teach my son awareness and that there are good and bad consequences for the choices you make.
He heard the timer go off indicating him it was time to go, he ignored my request to go stand by the door… and a few minutes later, he heard the bus drive away from our house…all I could hear was a hysterical “NoOoOoOo!!!!!!”
Later that day, he apologized for not listening to me and said something that left in awe, “Mama, I am going to throw this day away and start with a better one tomorrow.” The next morning I did not have to say a word. In fact he was ready before I even asked him to.
Embrace mistakes as lessons in your personal development. Your opportunity to learn from it is in direct proportion to your ability to get over it.
How do YOU handle mistakes? In my “previous life”, I was hesitant to admit my mistakes for fear of what people would think. When I became a MOM, I learned that it was important to admit my mistakes and take ownership of them. I didn’t want my daughter growing up putting mom on a pedestal that could topple and crumble, leaving her filled with doubts and heartache. It was a great learning lesson for me and I have embraced my mistakes over the years. I know sounds crazy but some of those mistakes have made me the person that I am today.
Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!