Please pray for my family. My younger two boys are really struggling. I am at my end of what to do with them. They have both become as hard as rock when it comes to listening to me and working on maturing into civilized humans. They are getting into hard trouble over and over and have no concern for what they are doing at all.
Here’s an example (a very mild example, by the way):
We just finished playing a board game in which Micah was struggling to show good sportsmanship – even though he ended in second place out of four. After the game, it’s time for all three to go through the shower and get jammies on. It’s Micah’s turn and he realized he needs a towel so heads to my room to get one. He gets completely distracted by Simon. The two of them goof off all through three of my warnings. I declare desserts off limits to the both of them. Finally, Simon gets out of there and Micah goes into their bathroom, and I realize he doesn’t have his towel. As I’m helping him to find one, I get after him again about goofing off instead of doing what he should have been.
Here’s the dialog that comes next:
M: You won’t get it through.
M: You won’t get it through. (meaning the lesson)
Mom: Why not?
M: I won’t let it.
This is really the heart attitude that Micah and Simon especially have been showing lately. They are becoming hard-hearted. Please pray that the Holy Spirit will soften their hearts. I would really much rather be dealing with crying and mopiness than anger and callousness. Pray that my heart attitude would be effective in dealing with them each and every time something comes up. I desparately need to regain their respect and I don’t know how to re-establish that.