Thursday, August 14, 2008

A Followup.........

Thank you all for your input on what to do about the nameless four year old and the broken clock. I loved every ones suggestions and the fact that so many of you reminded me that it is just a worldly possession and he is a four year old with a spirit that needs grace. Except my mother whose comment was:

Gramma 2 Many said...
My two cents worth, is beat him black and blue with your old rubber shoe. Feed him black bread and water for a week and make him pay for it. Maybe then he will learn to listen the first time. Can't be to easy on these ruffians or they will take over the whole world!! Cut them down while you still can.
August 13, 2008 9:07 PM

I THINK she was kidding.

At any rate, I did go back and apologize to him for blowing up (and I really blew up!) over the clock. I told him that a clock is not as important to me as him and asked him to forgive me. Then I explained to him that because I had asked him to stop throwing the ball and he did not listen and obey my clock got broken and because he did break something that did not belong to him he would need to help pay to replace it. So I have him lined up with extra chores for the next few weeks to pay off the debt. I also had him go get his wallet and surprisingly he had $4.83 in there to start the "CLOCK REPLACEMENT FUND". I called my friend Michelle, who happens to be traveling the US doing gift shows right now, so I spoke with one of her trusty gals, Rachel, and she assured me that the clock is still available and also told me that there are candle holders available that match the clock! With his $4.83 down payment, my little four year old is over 10% of the way towards replacing the clock.

My friend Erica had the great idea of taking the broken clock and make something else out of it. I think I'll make a mosaic picture frame out of it to put a picture of my two boys in as a reminder that they are my most prized possession!

Now, who wants to teach me to mosaic?

Thank you all who responded! I love blogging for this very reason!

14 comments:

Kat said...

You know, it's amazing to me that we were extended grace. But it's so difficult for us to do the same for others. And even harder for our own family members.

And, ummm...mosaic...isn't that a craft? Can't help ya there - but I'd love to see what you do :-)

Heather said...

Awwww...it sounds like things will work out. I love that you apologized to him. You are a sweet mommy.

Gina said...

Yes, our mother. The one that always told us that if we broke an arm, that she would tear it off and beat us with the bloody end- by doing whatever it was that we werren't supposed to be doing.

I turned out normal- but I'm not sure about you....

Lula! said...

This is a job for none other than SUPER BECKIE!!!!

She used to be the mosaic queen...she is the person for the job, trust me.

Are ya hearing me, Beck? Help Trish out!

Mom's Time Out said...

I can't I don't live near Trish. Ask Meleea she taught me.

Dee said...

You're a good momma! Glad to hear that Michelle has one in stock still.

Dee said...

You're a good momma! Glad to hear that Michelle has one in stock still.

meleea said...

i did take a great mosiac class with my hubby and have done some fun projects. it is super easy and i would love to spend time with you?!?! let me know.

you are a fabulous mom!!

Caroline said...

Thanks for visiting Pocket Change today. As far as the four year old and the clock, it sounds like you handled the situation beautifully, and the punishment definitely fits the crime. He will learn the importance of respecting other's possessions. That's exciting that you may be moving to NC. Its a wonderful state - I've lived here all my life (31 years) and love it. We are smack in the center of the state and its 2 1/2 hours to the mountains and 3 hours to the beach. Can it get any better than that?

Emily said...

it's all a cycle. bad mommy/good mommy. ;) Glad you were good mommy!

wasn't it in the movie "How to Make an American Quilt" where they make just walls and walls of broken china mosiac? Artsy!

Debbie said...

You are a very wise mama! I think making a mosaic out of it is a brilliant idea. Now when you learn the mosaic thing, please post a tutorial!

Oh and I love how you called out your mama...so so funny.

Debbie said...

Hey Trish,

Washington State is my stop on BATW next week. I want to spotlight you, Gina and your mom. Are you up for it?

Hot Tub Lizzy said...

I was gonna add that maybe having a jar where he puts the money for the fund... that way he gets a good visual of the money adding up...

meleea said...

did someone in your comments mention you may be moving to NC? how will we do mosaics together if you are in NC???