My two youngest warriors have been pretending to be Ninja's lately. They dress-up in the hand-me-down karate uniforms they have. They have also been checking out every LEGO Ninjago book that the library has. (By dress-up I mean wear for 3 consecutive days in a row and to bed, until I pry it off their body to wash where they promptly retrieve it from the dryer and put it on again).
There has been a lot of wrestling, leaping, and kicking around here.
However, the other day one of my little Ninja's was extremely grumpy.
Let me just tell you, grumpy Ninja's are no fun.
I was running out of patience with my little guy, so I did what most sane mothers will do in an effort to keep their sanity, and keep their child alive to see his next birthday.
So, I sent him to bed.
Come on, sometimes a mom's got to do what a mom's got to do.
After a bit, I noticed it was pretty quiet in the direction of his bedroom, so I went to go check on him.
I found him all snuggled up with his blankie and animals, fast asleep. Let's face it Momma's, when you see your fearsome Ninja all snuggled up with his special buddies, it melts all your previous frustrations away.
It's called the power of the power of the warm fuzzy.
I also realized, I haven't seen my little boy sleeping in the daylight in a long time. Nap time is a thing of the past here in this house.
-Pause for a moment of silence-
Yeah, anyway when my little Ninja woke up, his mood was considerably improved.
He of course claimed that he hadn't really fallen asleep.
The truth is, we could all benefit from a little nap (i.e. alone time), once in awhile. However, like my son, we can't always make that call on our own. Sometimes it's because we can't see our attitude the same way others can see it. Sometimes it's because we think we're gonna miss something important. And sometimes it's because we think we would be neglecting our responsibilities. However, by removing ourselves from our normal routine for a short time, we can come back renewed, refreshed, and with a better attitude.
Now that's something this Ninja Momma can benefit from.
I realized recently that I was behaving a lot like my boy. Grumpy, a bad listener, quick to lose my temper, and just generally not happy.
The fact is, I needed to be put on a time-out.
So this week, we've been taking a break from our normal routine because Momma needs an attitude adjustment. Through my quiet time with the Lord each morning, I realized, I was setting the poor tone that was pervading my home. Part of the reason my boys were frustrating me so much, is because I was so easily frustrated.
So, I've been praying about my attitude, evaluating whether I really do need a night off, and trying to do a better job of doing what's right when it comes to taking care of my family.
Guess what? Today, my little Ninja's played together better than they have in a long time. Seems like when Momma has her attitude in check, everyone else is happier too.
I'm glad that God showed me the truth about my attitude. I'm glad that He is willing to help me change it. I'm also glad that he loves my babies even more than I do and no matter what, He will help me be the exact Momma they need.
As long as I'm willing to take a time-out every once in awhile and listen to Him.