Last night during Family Home Evening, Bria and Chloe both wanted to say the opening prayer and were arguing about who should get to do it. So, I had them play paper, rock, scissors to decide.
Bria had paper, Chloe had rock. Bria clearly won.
Upon hearing this news, Chloe immediately burst into dramatic tears and threw herself on the ottoman.
Bria stood by and watched as I tried to explain to Chloe that we can't always win and life isn't fair and all the stuff moms are supposed to teach their children in situations such as this.
Chloe, stubborn as she is, wasn't having any of it.
Finally, I looked up at Bria and heard her say, "Maybe we should do it again and this time I'll let Chloe win." Joel and I were shocked. This is the child who must win at all costs and drags her feet when asked to share. She definitely suffers from first child syndrome, to say the least.
It took several tries, but finally Bria played scissors and Chloe played rock. She even let Chloe have the pleasure of crushing her scissors. And most importantly, I could see that she felt extremely good about herself and the choice that she had made.
Hopefully this is the beginning of a new, more unselfish way of life. We'll see what happens when something more valuable than saying the opening prayer is at stake...like who should get the biggest cookie. That'll be the true test.