Saturday, March 14, 2009

Kid lesson for me!

As a homeschool mom, sometimes I have days when I wonder if my kids would be better off in school...those days when I'm not kind, patient, or gentle! Anyone else have those days? Well, last week I had a few of those days [home from vacation, sick baby, trying to get everything back in order and on a schedule, etc...]. I was a bit snippy and not very fun to be around! :) I do not like myself on those days! So when my friend, Sandra, from Texas sent this to me on Facebook ~ 21 questions that you ask your kids and just type what they say, I was a sorta scared to ask them the questions (after a tough week). Sandra's kids had great answers...she's a great mom! What would my kids say? Would it make me sad? I went ahead and asked and the answers surprised me and taught me a great lesson!

See below:

Kid Questionnaire - This one is fun and sure to make you smile while you're doing it!

Ask your child(ren) to answer the questions and type their answers

( just type what they not edit...Other than answering for Chloe, I did not edit any answers.)

a. Katelyn, age 10
b. Cason, age 7
c. Carrie, age 4
d. Chloe, age 1 (I answered for her!~hee.)

1. What is something Mommy always says to you?
a. Keep the peace! [yes, I do]
b. Wash your hands with soap! [ha]
c. I love you!
d. Hey, sugars!

2. What makes Mommy happy?
a. when we mind.
b. when we say yes ma'am with a joyful heart[yes!]
c. when I stay by her at Walmart (that's true!)
d. when I sleep through the night

3. What makes Mommy sad?
a. when I have a bad attitude in school
b. when we disobey
c. when I'm mad at her
d. when I don't take my morning nap

4. How does your Mommy make you laugh?
a. says funny things like "snickle pickle" and tickles me
b. saying silly words
c. makes a silly face
d. tickles me

5. What was your Mommy like as a child?
a. poor, didn't have a daddy, bright red hair, and pretty [true & funny!]
b. like Katelyn...nice and pretty [that's too sweet]
c. bright red hair and never mean [hmmmmmm]

6. How old is your Mommy?
a. 39 (correct)
b. 38
c. 21 (yes!)

7. How tall is your Mommy?
a. 5'3" [I'm 5'4"]
b. 6 feet [wow]
c. as tall as me on my tippy toes [not even close!]

8. What is her favorite thing to do?
a. doing stuff for us and homeschooling us
b. spending time with our family
c. play with me [wish I did that more often]
d. rock me

9. What does your Mommy do when you're not around?
a. clean the house
b. work on the computer and do stuff for us
c. clean
d. unload the dishwasher [w/out me sitting on the lid!]

10. If your Mommy becomes famous, what will it be for?
a. helping other people not get shots [not vaccinate]
b. homeschooling (wow)
c. going to Disney World [hmmmm...never been]
d. fast diaper changing skills

11. What is your Mommy really good at?
a. taking care of kids
b. homeschooling us
c. teaching us about birds [we are studying birds!]
d. multitasking [changing a diaper while nursing~ha!]

12. What is your Mommy not very good at?
a. being mean and ugly [ooh, but sometimes I am. :(
b. I can't think of anything [yes!]
c. climbing up a giant mountain [true]
d. doing anything before her morning java!

13. What does your Mommy do for her job?
a. homeschool teacher
b. taking care of us
c. teaching bird things [the bird unit is really sticking w/ Carrie ~hee]
d. taking care of me

14. What is your Mommy's favorite food?
a. chocolate [I do love it!]
b. vegetables
c. a giant chocolate bar

15. What makes you proud of your Mommy?
a. because you want us to grow up to be godly husbands and wives and you take the time in your life to raise 4 children [wow!!!]
b. because you are a really good mommy
c. because you play basketball [??]
d. when you take time to hold me

If your mommy were a cartoon character, who would she be?
a. Snow White b/c she's pretty and she likes birds and animals [funny!]
b. Minnie Mouse
c. Cinderella b/c she sings a beautiful song and all the birds come [birds, again!]
d. Caillou's mom ~she's ALWAYS patient & never yells ~ha! [I wish...I try to measure up, but life is real...not a cartoon!]

17. What do you and your Mommy do together?
a. run errands and talk
b. go to fun places and do fun things
c. go to Chuck E. Cheese and play
d. rock, look at little books, & dance

18. How are you and your Mommy the same?
a. we both have freckles
b. we are both in the same family
c. we are both happy [sweet!]
d. both like to sleep a lot

19. How are you and your Mommy different?
a. I have brown hair and you have red
b. I'm a boy and you are not
c. nothing
d. Mommy eats more

20. How do you know your Mommy loves you?
a. because we are your kids and you want to always take care of us
b. because you always tell me
c. because you say that all the time
d. she tells me a bunch and takes care of me

21. Where is your Mom's favorite place to go?
a. Camping and hiking [true!]
b. Guisano's Pizza [yes!]
c. Chuck E. Cheese [hmmmm...not really!]
d. Outside to pull me in my wagon

Lesson I learned in this simple exercise...
This fun exercise made me realize that my prayer [Lord, work in my children's lives in spite of my inadequacies and failures] is being heard! Praise the Lord! I pray that prayer each morning and I ask God to use me in my kid's point them to Him. And then life seeps in and gets in the way of that lofty goal, but the good Lord works his will for good and He works it even when I'm not having a perfect day! Isn't that wonderful!

My true desire is not to be like Caillou's mommy [she doesn't spank enough~ha!]. It is to be Christ like...patient, joyful, loving, kind, gentle, self-controlled, peaceful, good, & faithful...each day and in each situation! This goal is only attainable by allowing Christ to work His character into me as I strive to know and serve Him each day. The good news is that He 'equips me with everything good' for doing HIS will AND He works in me what is pleasing to Him! That is all I need to carry out His plan...Hebrews 13:20-21 gives me such HOPE:

"Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen."

I'm thankful my sweet friend sent this kid questionnaire my brightened my day and renewed my faith in a special way! I pray it does the same for you! Give it a try and please share the results...they will surprise you, too!

Remember it is God who is in control...not you! PTL!

Joyful, Kristi

1 comment:

Sandra said...

WOW, Kristi! That was so sweet! I love the answers your kids gave ~ even Chloe's :) Don't you just want to bottle this age and hang onto it forever?!

You are a blessed woman with four beautiful kids ~ and I pray I can be half the mommy you are!

Thank you for sharing the hearts of your kids. I really enjoyed it!