Eliza wanted to watch Annie.
Liam wanted to watch Mater’s Tale Tales. Then Mr. Peabody and Sherman.
It turns out it was Liam’s turn to choose, so two things happened:
1) we started Mr. Peabody and Sherman, and
2) Eliza threw a small fit.
It was a very small fit: actually fairly worthy of the moment, and quickly left behind.
Within minutes – no more than 10 – both of them were enjoying the movie.
This is how it often goes with our kids. Loudly (and proudly?) claim your preference. Get louder if someone else claims an alternative preference.
Stand your ground
Raise the stakes
Refuse to listen, negotiate, or compromise.
Throw a fit if you don’t get your way.
I realized yesterday that we don’t necessarily unlearn this pattern as we grow up.
We don’t always want what we want. Sometimes we just don’t want to let someone else have a say.
It’s hard to listen when you are shouting, “My way or the highway!”
While this is worth considering for anyone, I particularly hope my church, the United Methodist Church #UMC, will give it thought.
We’ve not been listening so well to each other lately. On some things, we have dug in for decades and refused to actually listen.
We want what we want. Or do we?