Today marks the beginning of the season of Lent, a time when Christians endeavor to bring themselves closer to Jesus through penitence, denying themselves a luxury, or resisting a vice. For 40 days we try to be better people. We try to be more thoughtful in our behavior and try to reach out to others in need. We have 40 days to prepare ourselves for Easter.
A myriad of temptations have been considered.
Finally, it was unanimous. One vice that rents at familial peace and tranquility came rushing to the forefront.
Yes. Complaining. Despite our happy photos and wonderful art projects there is plenty of behind-the -scenes complaining. And, frankly, we are sick of it. Not just us, the parents, but the kids too.
“Do I have to make my bed? I am just going to sleep in it again tonight!”
“But I like my toys on the floor. That way they are easy to find.”
So we have decided, gulp, to give up complaining for Lent.
Truth said it wasn’t possible. “How will you get anyone to clean up without complaining that the room is a mess?” he asked.
We practiced new sentence structures, “It would be helpful if everyone could pick up their own clothes and books off the floor today.”
“But,” Truth pointed out, “what if we don’t do it?”
Athena suggested a direct order, “Now it is time for everyone to clean up.”
Non-confrontational and non-complaining.
Quantum says he can only give up complaining at home. It wouldn’t sound right if he didn’t complain when talking with his friends. Hmm.
We may have to post this diagram on the refrigerator.
Or maybe this picture would be more effective?
Let Me Count the Days: Homeschooling is initiating the peace movement at home.