After a day playing with friends yesterday, the boys received a new toy. This morning they were attempting to play with it together in the living room, and William came to me in frustration (peeking through the crack in the bathroom door - why do issues always crop up when I’m on the pot?)
Will, his little face pressed to the crack: “Mom, when Benjamin says no, it stresses me out.”
What?!? Where did he hear that? Must’ve been from his friends yesterday….
“Will, where did you learn how to say that?”
“William, let me tell you something. If we believe in Jesus, we really should never get stressed out about anything. If you say Benjamin is stressing you out, what you really mean is he’s not doing what you want him to do. Right?”
“Well, When Mommy says I get stressed out, I’m really just not trusting Jesus. So… you don’t need to say that, and Mommy will try not to say that any more either.”
Mental note: intentionally let my trust in Jesus spill over into my words, so I verbalize trust to my kids instead of stress!