I read a post this morning shared by my blogger friend Kamal from Boundless Blessings and it reminded me of an experience I had with my son, Gregory, when he was about seven years old.
I never smacked my kids so when they were naughty, I used to put them on the naughty chair facing the wall. By the time Greg was seven years old he was to big for the naughty chair so I started putting him in his room for a short time. One day, Gregory, blew pepper in young Michael’s face. He had seen this on a television show and thought it would be great to try this out on his brother. I was furious. Michael is a chronic asthmatic so the pepper in his face resulted in an asthma attack. Of course, Gregory, didn’t plan that but I was still very mad. I put him in his room and locked the door! Greg was very upset, he banged on the door to be let out but I felt he needed to stay there for a while.
When I opened the door about 15 minutes later, I saw that Greg had used a stone from his collection to carve something into the window. I was annoyed until I saw that he had carved “Sorry! I love you, Mom” into the glass. Those marking are still there and I see them whenever I go into his room.
You can read Kamal’s story here: https://boundlessblessingsblog.wordpress.com/2018/01/09/anger-love-have-no-limits/
Robbie and Michael Cheadle are the co-authors of the Sir Chocolate Book series and Robbie Cheadle is the author of Silly Willy goes to Cape Town