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My husband and I are blessed with three boys.
Some days there is some hugging.
Most days there is fighting.
The fighting can grow wearisome.
We have tried all sorts of things to "encourage" peace in the home. Rewards have been issued. Penalties assessed. The situation has been ignored.
One morning I walked into the living room at 6:30am to find a ball of fighting boys rolling around the carpet. It reminded me of the cartoon fights – only the occasional arm, leg and starry "POW" were visible in a cloud of motion.
Stop! It is ONLY 6:30 in the morning! Everyone to their room!
The rest of the day wasn't much better. There was arguing. There was disobeying. There was brotherly violence.
I am sure by the end of the day my actions resembled their poor behavior. I likely fussed, yelled and threw a mom tantrum out of exasperated exhaustion.
Thankfully, bedtime always comes.
I rember that as the house grew quiet that evening, I reflected on all the things that went wrong. How I had contributed to the chaos. How I had treated them as problems, not children.
That night I climbed the stairs to their room and watched them sleep. Beautiful faces. Quietly content.
I pulled out my phone and snapped a picture of the sweet slumber. A picture that I keep on my phone to remind me during a rough day that they are beautiful people that I love dearly…and bedtime is never more than 14 hours away.
Life IS good.
Despite the difficult days, the challenges, the dangers, life IS good. I love how Allstate Good Life is reminding us to emphasize the good. Reminding me to look at that picture on my phone.
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