Thursday, April 12, 2012

Proud Mommy Moments, CTR


In my church, we teach the kids three very important, simple and effective letters.  CTR.  They stand for Choose the Right.  From the time they are 4, they are learning all about CTR.  Of course, we as parents are reinforcing those lessons in the home.

Recently, we have been having a lot of problems with our neighbor children.  Drama has ensued.  It has escalated since Spring Break started.  At one point, I was ready to kick the parents' door in and then kick something else.  I was done.  Luckily, my dinner was ready, and I decided I wasn't going to let their rotten children ruin my holiday.  I let it be.  I enjoyed my holiday with family.  It was nice.  Besides, I am not good with confrontations or the spoken word.

The other day, Ryan wanted to play in their house.  It had been a couple of days since he had actually played with them.  I thought about it.  I talked to him about wrong choices and right choices.  Often times, the oldest of these other children(who is 8) is the instigator of 99% of trouble.  She will get the others (mostly Ryan) to do things that are wrong.  I told Ryan if he knows it is wrong to say he won't do it because it is wrong.  And if that doesn't work, he can always leave.    I let him go.  It was not easy.  He was gone less than 15 minutes before he came tearing home swearing to never go back.  I asked why.  The youngest C, who is almost 5 told Ryan to push his sister S who is 6.  Yeah it is stuff like that. He, of course did not and came right home. I told Ryan he did the right thing.  In less than 2 minutes, C was over telling Ryan he wasn't in trouble and that he could come over again.  I told him that Ryan would be staying home for now, and sent C on his way.    I was proud of Ryan for remembering CTR and for getting out of a bad situation.   I am linking up with Emmymom and Kmama today for Proud Moments!


Emmy said...

Yea!!! So awesome, so so good for Ryan! That is not easy to do and so good that he left too, even harder to do.

And yea, I will come kick in their door for you if you want. ;)

He looks so sweet in that picture. Thanks for linking up

MiMi said...

Good for him!
Even as an adult it's hard to walk away sometimes.
And good for you for trusting him to go in the first place! I don't know if I could.

Trina said...

Good job teaching your son to honor the CTR motto. Also good for you for Choosing the Right and not kicking in that door. If you had, he may not have chosen to CTR...of course he may not have been invited there in the first place. :D I too have a proud mommy moment. I'm the Browning Dirt link under Emmy Mom's post. Feel free to stop by and see how my son is C(ing)TR.

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Nicole said...

Awesome! Now if we could get all kids to do the right thing!

Impulsive Addict said...

Awww...I love this post! Good for you for teaching him to make the right choice and good for him for listening! You should be very proud!!!

Kmama said...

That is awesome!! Way to go Ryan!

We have a little girl in our neighborhood that convinces other kids to do naughty things. I don't like Buddy to play with her.

Thanks for linking up!

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

That has to be difficult to live next door to someone like that. Every day would stress me out!