I am sure that I am like all other mothers in the fact that I am always preaching the golden rule.
"Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."
"Do unto others as they did unto you first."
"He hit me first so he must want me to hit him back!"
That seems to be the Golden Rule my kids tend to live by. But the boys are maturing and seem to be getting better with that rule. Sometimes.
Yesterday afternoon Blaine came home from school and he was being nice. There was my first clue. He went to the table and got his homework done in a timely manner with no back talking. Clue number two. Then when he was done he went straight to the couch and when I walked by him he was almost asleep. Clue number three. I put my hand on his head and he was hot. I asked him if he felt okay and he told me he was sleepy and had a headache. His fever reached 101.7 before bed and I doped him up with ibuprofen and gave him some Mucinex for a cough. I told him it would be okay to go on to bed if he wanted to. (And if he had done that, let me tell you, I would have called 911 immediately). But he wanted to finish watching something on TV and that was fine because it wasn't bedtime yet anyway. So when it was bed time and Brayden had gotten his shower and PJ's on, Blaine was out like a light. I called for Stephen to come get him and put him to bed for me. But Stephen was finishing up grouting bathroom #2 and it would be a few minutes before he could come help me.
Brayden said, "I'll get him mom."
WHAT?!? Was my first thought. Then he reassured me he could pick him up for me. Well, I already knew that since I have seen him body slam him before. I reluctantly said okay, and stood close by in case his niceness was fake and he decided to put him in a full nelson and hurt him as he was sleeping away...thanks to fever reducers. That sweet little boy that is quickly turning into a big kid, scooped up his little bother, told him to hang onto his neck and carried him down the hall to his bed. He tucked him in and told him if he needed him during the night to wake him up.
My heart melted!
I told him that was very sweet and he reminded me that Blaine had been really nice to him a few weeks ago when he was sick and that he deserved it. I reminded him that when we treat others nice all the time, we (most of the time) will get treated nicely in return.
So all that preaching is soaking in a little.