Ahhh, Accountability

My mom and grandma were visiting me this week, so I brought them with me to MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers).  It was so wonderful to have them with me, until we got home and I tried using the Love and Logic strategies I had been taught.  Our speaker talked about giving your child choices, so I prepared to implement his suggestions right away.  My son had a box of cereal and the peelings from a cutie that he left out.  I asked him if he would like to put away the cereal box or throw away the trash.  He chose the trash and promptly threw it away.  I got into a conversation and didn’t even realize for a few minutes that I was still holding the box of cereal in my hands.  I didn’t realize it until my grandma said, “He did his part, now are you going to do yours and put the cereal away?”

Ouch!

You see, I am not used to that level of accountability.  I live 1,000 miles from my extended family.  I have close friends at church, but they don’t see the day-in-day-out me.  My husband likes to keep the peace in our household, so he rarely picks a fight.  And most importantly, I am the mother.  My children have to do what I say.  So there is really no one who gets to make sure I do the things I say I will do.

While this can be a good thing, it is a dangerous thing too.  I think we all need a little accountability.  Left to our own devices all the time we have a tendency to become lazy or selfish or gluttonous or overly concerned with appearances.  We all have sins that tend to haunt our lives that are just waiting to gain a foothold.  When we are accountable to people, we are more likely to keep those sins at bay.  But when we think no one will notice, it is much easier to give in to temptation, whatever that temptation may be.

So although I didn’t much like being called on the carpet for not doing what I told my son I would, it was nice to have someone there who was comfortable enough in our relationship to lovingly scold me.

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