Whoever is lazy regarding his work is also a brother to the master of destruction. Proverbs 18:9
I hosted the Christmas gathering for my MOSAIC Moms Group’s last week. I love keeping company with such wonderful and like-minded women. In honor of the occasion, and with no need to drive, I was having my fair share of holiday drinks.
As I sat socializing in my family room, I saw Oreo, our indoor bunny who was supposed to be restricted to the bathroom, roaming free. I was so relaxed and comfortable. I couldn’t be bothered to set up barriers to keep him out of the carpeted living room and family room.
Oreo had gnawed through the ipad power cord dangling from the electrical outlet in the living room. My husband had the only other cord with him in Chicago. Shame on me for my laziness.
Ironically enough, one of the topics we MOSAIC Moms had been talking about while we socialized was limits and boundaries. In today’s day and age, a lot of parents don’t seem to be drawing any. Kids don’t often hear the word “no” anymore.
I thought I was doing a good job in this department. But it’s hard work to maintain boundary lines with kids and bunnies. They are relentless about testing them. It’s as if it’s in their job descriptions to do so.
A chewed through power cord isn’t the only repercussion from my lack of vigilance. Last year I was encouraging Zack to review his on-line study guides before school each morning. I thought that was a good use of his time while I was in the shower.
A more experienced mom would have known that you don’t give a growing boy unsupervised access to the internet. He was only eleven at the time and fairly trustworthy. But he was also curious and clueless.
I don’t think he ever intended to be on the websites I discovered he was on. But Googling certain search words on the internet is like opening Pandora’s Box. Shame on me for my laziness.
Yet again, our new furry pet is reteaching me something I learned last year, and quickly forgot. It is our job as moms to constantly maintain boundaries, no matter how exhausting it is. Limits and boundaries are what keep our kids (and bunnies) balanced and safe. Otherwise they end up spoiled and at risk. If I want my kids to grow up to be respectful and responsible people, I need to buck up and consistently overcome my laziness.
Questions For Reflection:
* Have I drawn good boundaries and limits for my kids?
* Have I ever gotten lazy about maintaining them? If so, what were the repercussions?
* How do I respond when my kids test those boundaries?