Easter Musings - Discipline

Posted by Karen Hessen on Wednesday, April 27, 2011 Under: Easter
Well, Doug and I totally missed Easter this year. We both had some viral thing which, for Doug, became pneumonia. We are blessed to have family that entertained our adult children fron Grant's Pass and made sure Easter happened without us.

This was not my worst Easter. 19 years ago on Easter, my then husband asked for a divorce. It's hard to top something like that.

I was telling a story yesterday about a problem we had with door slamming when the children were young. The listener to my story thought it was pretty funny. At the time, however, no one was laughing. I had come home from work with a migraine and was resting on the couch when Tina came home from school and announced her friend Cathy was going to spend the night. One of our family rules was, before you invite someone over you have to check with one of your parents.
No one had checked, so I said, Cathy would not be allowed to stay over.

Well, I became the "meanest Mom in the world." But I wouldn't give in. Tina proceeded to go into her room, slam the door, continuing her verbal tirade, jump on the bed hard enough to make the house shake. Three times, slamming harder, shouting louder and jumping more vigorously each time. After the third time I got off the couch took a screw driver, popped the pins out of the door and leaned the door up against the wall in the hallway. I did not say a word nor did I have to. The door stayed off until Tina was able to apologize and convince me she understood the friend staying over rule, about a week. That was the end of door slamming at our house and I never raised my voice or my hand in anger.

Sometimes God just shows you how to handle difficulties in life. This was one of those times.

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Easter Musings - Discipline

Posted by Karen Hessen on Wednesday, April 27, 2011 Under: Easter
Well, Doug and I totally missed Easter this year. We both had some viral thing which, for Doug, became pneumonia. We are blessed to have family that entertained our adult children fron Grant's Pass and made sure Easter happened without us.

This was not my worst Easter. 19 years ago on Easter, my then husband asked for a divorce. It's hard to top something like that.

I was telling a story yesterday about a problem we had with door slamming when the children were young. The listener to my story thought it was pretty funny. At the time, however, no one was laughing. I had come home from work with a migraine and was resting on the couch when Tina came home from school and announced her friend Cathy was going to spend the night. One of our family rules was, before you invite someone over you have to check with one of your parents.
No one had checked, so I said, Cathy would not be allowed to stay over.

Well, I became the "meanest Mom in the world." But I wouldn't give in. Tina proceeded to go into her room, slam the door, continuing her verbal tirade, jump on the bed hard enough to make the house shake. Three times, slamming harder, shouting louder and jumping more vigorously each time. After the third time I got off the couch took a screw driver, popped the pins out of the door and leaned the door up against the wall in the hallway. I did not say a word nor did I have to. The door stayed off until Tina was able to apologize and convince me she understood the friend staying over rule, about a week. That was the end of door slamming at our house and I never raised my voice or my hand in anger.

Sometimes God just shows you how to handle difficulties in life. This was one of those times.

In : Easter 


Tags: discipline easter 
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Easter Musings - Discipline

Posted by Karen Hessen on Wednesday, April 27, 2011 Under: Easter
Well, Doug and I totally missed Easter this year. We both had some viral thing which, for Doug, became pneumonia. We are blessed to have family that entertained our adult children fron Grant's Pass and made sure Easter happened without us.

This was not my worst Easter. 19 years ago on Easter, my then husband asked for a divorce. It's hard to top something like that.

I was telling a story yesterday about a problem we had with door slamming when the children were young. The listener to my story thought it was pretty funny. At the time, however, no one was laughing. I had come home from work with a migraine and was resting on the couch when Tina came home from school and announced her friend Cathy was going to spend the night. One of our family rules was, before you invite someone over you have to check with one of your parents.
No one had checked, so I said, Cathy would not be allowed to stay over.

Well, I became the "meanest Mom in the world." But I wouldn't give in. Tina proceeded to go into her room, slam the door, continuing her verbal tirade, jump on the bed hard enough to make the house shake. Three times, slamming harder, shouting louder and jumping more vigorously each time. After the third time I got off the couch took a screw driver, popped the pins out of the door and leaned the door up against the wall in the hallway. I did not say a word nor did I have to. The door stayed off until Tina was able to apologize and convince me she understood the friend staying over rule, about a week. That was the end of door slamming at our house and I never raised my voice or my hand in anger.

Sometimes God just shows you how to handle difficulties in life. This was one of those times.

In : Easter 


Tags: discipline easter 
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Easter Musings - Discipline

Posted by Karen Hessen on Wednesday, April 27, 2011 Under: Easter
Well, Doug and I totally missed Easter this year. We both had some viral thing which, for Doug, became pneumonia. We are blessed to have family that entertained our adult children fron Grant's Pass and made sure Easter happened without us.

This was not my worst Easter. 19 years ago on Easter, my then husband asked for a divorce. It's hard to top something like that.

I was telling a story yesterday about a problem we had with door slamming when the children were young. The listener to my story thought it was pretty funny. At the time, however, no one was laughing. I had come home from work with a migraine and was resting on the couch when Tina came home from school and announced her friend Cathy was going to spend the night. One of our family rules was, before you invite someone over you have to check with one of your parents.
No one had checked, so I said, Cathy would not be allowed to stay over.

Well, I became the "meanest Mom in the world." But I wouldn't give in. Tina proceeded to go into her room, slam the door, continuing her verbal tirade, jump on the bed hard enough to make the house shake. Three times, slamming harder, shouting louder and jumping more vigorously each time. After the third time I got off the couch took a screw driver, popped the pins out of the door and leaned the door up against the wall in the hallway. I did not say a word nor did I have to. The door stayed off until Tina was able to apologize and convince me she understood the friend staying over rule, about a week. That was the end of door slamming at our house and I never raised my voice or my hand in anger.

Sometimes God just shows you how to handle difficulties in life. This was one of those times.

In : Easter 


Tags: discipline easter 
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Easter Musings - Discipline

Posted by Karen Hessen on Wednesday, April 27, 2011 Under: Easter
Well, Doug and I totally missed Easter this year. We both had some viral thing which, for Doug, became pneumonia. We are blessed to have family that entertained our adult children fron Grant's Pass and made sure Easter happened without us.

This was not my worst Easter. 19 years ago on Easter, my then husband asked for a divorce. It's hard to top something like that.

I was telling a story yesterday about a problem we had with door slamming when the children were young. The listener to my story thought it was pretty funny. At the time, however, no one was laughing. I had come home from work with a migraine and was resting on the couch when Tina came home from school and announced her friend Cathy was going to spend the night. One of our family rules was, before you invite someone over you have to check with one of your parents.
No one had checked, so I said, Cathy would not be allowed to stay over.

Well, I became the "meanest Mom in the world." But I wouldn't give in. Tina proceeded to go into her room, slam the door, continuing her verbal tirade, jump on the bed hard enough to make the house shake. Three times, slamming harder, shouting louder and jumping more vigorously each time. After the third time I got off the couch took a screw driver, popped the pins out of the door and leaned the door up against the wall in the hallway. I did not say a word nor did I have to. The door stayed off until Tina was able to apologize and convince me she understood the friend staying over rule, about a week. That was the end of door slamming at our house and I never raised my voice or my hand in anger.

Sometimes God just shows you how to handle difficulties in life. This was one of those times.

In : Easter 


Tags: discipline easter 
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