This post is dedicated to my good friend and a SUPER-GREAT Mama, Amanda.

How many times have you yelled and yelled and yelled at your kid? You regret it—although you are still fuming about his behavior, your behavior and the whole situation. Then, as you send him off to school and he walks out he door he offers a boisterous:

I love you mama!!

Again, you’re still in a sour mood over the situation. Your day is ruined because not only did it get off to a bad start, but you keep beating yourself up because, once again, you feel that you are indeed a bad mom.

I love you mama!!

You continue to flog this dead horse because in your mind and heart, the issue is NOT resolved. Wait! You’re supposed to to be mad at me too! But Grace comes in. You recall the jubilant, parting words of your little dear:

I love you mama!!

Do we teach our children how to NOT forgive? When they are so little they do indeed love us unconditionally. It’s nature—we don’t teach them to turn the other cheek. But they do.

I love you mama!!

I remember being angry at my dad for days after his tyrants. Maybe it was when I was older (late grade school) and had learned how to hold a grudge. Well, he’d taught me how to do it—right? That could be. But do I want to teach my child that? I want him to stay pure and forgiving. So I know I better take a step back and be a lot more careful.

And that’s where the Grace of God and the Grace of the Child comes in. Do our children teach us and remind us how to forgive?

I love you mama!!

I love you mama!!

I love you mama!!

I love you, sweetheart!

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