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Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Self control

Life has been a bit crazier than usual lately, and even though that is what this blog is supposed to be about I think I'll spare all the exciting details.

What I did want to share was our Family Home Evening the other night. Let me first give a little bit of background: Bria has been awful lately. Not just a little hard to deal with...downright impossible. The nursery rhyme fits her perfectly: "When she was good, she was very, very good, but when she was bad, she was horrid." Mainly she has had a difficult time controlling her actions when she is angry, and instead resorting to kicking, biting, pinching and the like. (I, her mother who brought her into this world, am usually the recepient of the aforementioned.)

Chloe hasn't been such a little angel either when she is angry, so we decided to have FHE about self-control. There was a great little lesson in the manual and I prepared it. We started with the scripture: "Bridle all your passions that ye may be filled with love." Then we talked about how it is okay to be angry, but it isn't okay to scream, hit, growl or anything like unto it. After that we discussed ways we could calm ourselves down so that we wouldn't act on our emotions.

While we were discussing this, Bria leaned over to me and whispered: "This isn't a very good Family Home Evening, Mommy. Talking about self-control is not fun."

Suffice it to say, we're still working on it...and I am the one counting to ten and taking deep breaths while Bria learns the necessity of self-control.


  1. Ahhh, this sounds too familiar (I have 3 daughters). Hang in there!

  2. I love it when you get told what you're doing isn't "very good"... nice one B. You know, screaming's fine at our house... but he has to go in his room and shut the door. He just can't do it at me... We also have a punching pillow.
    Good luck with that...

  3. I think that FHE is one of the things created just to test our faith AND patience! Hey, you're doing it and that's what matters!! Hang in there!


  4. Try the whole I-brought-you-into-this-world-I-can-take-you-out-of-it approach.