Yesterday I recognized that my prayers are being answered in a HUGE way. I have had trouble with Joshua trying to rush through his schoolwork so that he can play. I call it "Hurry up so I can play". He rushes through, doesn't read the directions and gets about 85% of his work wrong. Then he gets mad at me because I make him redo it and he views it as I am the one holding him back from playtime. It's gotten worse and worse this year. I started praying that God would change his heart. That God would help him with this and that He would help Josh turn a corner and become more productive and stop hating any kind of "work" so much.
He rushed through again yesterday, and started getting mad when I started correcting. In the afternoon he apologized and ADMITTED that he was trying to get it over with because he wanted to play. He also APOLOGIZED and said he would do better! Wow!
The icing on the cake was after dinner. I was starting to clean up and he walked past me and unloaded the dishwasher (this was Marcus' job), then he swept the floor, wiped the table down and started to load the dishwasher. I couldn't believe it! I asked him why he was doing some extra thing and his reply was, "Mom, I just want to help you because you are pregnant." This is the kid that would never go beyond the call of duty because it would interrupt his playtime. I could physically feel the burden lift off of my shoulders. I thanked God that night over and over for answering my prayers.
I pray that this new change will stick and that he really is "getting" it. If I had this kind of help, mentally I would be doing so much better. I wouldn't be spending my energy fighting the kids to do their chores all the time.
Oh, BTW, I only changed one diaper yesterday! The boys took turns and never once complained.
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