If you are a mom or dad, you know how many questions children ask throughout the day. Some of the questions I got yesterday from a few of my seven kids included:
Question from 7-year-old: “Mom, do you think that God could change the sky to black and white at once?”
My answer: “Yes, if He wanted.”
Question from 24-year-old (via text, of course): “Mom, could you call the church and see if we are confirmed for the wedding?”
My answer: “Yes.” And in case you were wondering the answer, we are confirmed so I guess she is really getting married.
Question from 18-year-old: “Mom, why don’t we have any food around here?”
My answer: “There is a pantry full of food – just not junk food.” (This is a common exchange between us!)
Question from 12-year-old: “Mom, will you make an apple pie for dessert?”
My answer: “Not a pie, but we can make baked apple slices.”
The questions come all day long and I try and say yes (or have an acceptable alternative) whenever I can because I know that the “No’s” in life often outweigh the “Yes’s.”
I live by this philosophy when it comes to food choices. Because children are children, they want the junk. They see it on television, they touch it in the grocery store, their friends munch on it, and most families in America have a lot of junk food in their homes.
Take last night for example. When my 12-year-old (the one in the middle) asked about the apple pie, I knew that wasn’t going to happen. For one thing, I didn’t have a dessert scheduled and for another thing, I didn’t feel like making one! However, in the spirit of compromise, I told him a conditional “No.” [Read More…]