Monday, June 21, 2010

The Crying Prayer

Lately I have been working on being less protective as a parent. I need to let them experience minor pains so they can “learn the hard way” with some things.  This morning as I walked by the boys’ room, I noticed Jayden had pulled out the drawer to his dresser that is also a bed.  It makes a small space they can crawl into. I warned him that it might not be a good idea to play in there and continued to walk downstairs. About 5 minutes later all the boys were crying. My first instinct was to run up and see what happened, but I remembered I wasn’t going to be a “hover parent.” So they were crying and crying and I was getting anxious, but then the crying settled down and eventually stopped. A sighed a sigh of relief, then went up to ask what had happened. Jayden said all of them crawled into the little space and got stuck. Jayden and Nicholas were able to get out but Luke’s head was too big and he couldn’t get back out. Then he told me he prayed and Luke was able to get his head out. He said it was a “crying prayer” but it worked. I guess giving them more freedom is a good way to go.