If you loved me, you would JUST STAY IN BED

Right now, my stock punishment for the kids is to copy a Hail Mary.

I happened to have written the Hail Mary on a piece of paper to try and help Jenny remember how to say it. When it’s her turn to lead a decade of the family rosary, this is what transpires:

Jenny: Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed is the fruit –

Me: Blessed art thou.

Jenny: Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.

The next Hail Mary repeats exactly like this. Ten times I correct her for missing the middle part. She hears it the right way 43 other times. Makes no difference.

And we repeat this night after night.

So, I wrote down the Hail Mary for her to follow along and get it right.

But she can’t read yet. I don’t know what I was thinking.

Then along came a misbehaving child, and voilĂ  – instant punishment. I keep old spiral notebooks from last school year around, open to a blank page, sit a child down, and make them copy the prayer.

Katie has been given this assignment many times over the last week. Her most common infraction is not staying in bed quietly after “goodnight.” Before she even has a chance to finish complaining about her sister and roommate, she is seated and handed pen and paper.

Every single time she does it, she finishes with “I love Mom.” It’s so sweet. But I just wish she’d tell me that at goodnight.

3 thoughts on “If you loved me, you would JUST STAY IN BED

  1. Hmmmmm. This gives me an idea to do this with prayers they don't know yet. Maybe even in Latin. That would really be tough.

  2. I love this. The I Love Mom at the end is priceless!
    I might steal this idea…
    Wish y'all were closer!
    Bless you muchly!!

  3. Please reconsider this punishment. Please, think about what you are doing. You are using prayer as PUNISHMENT? What resource will this child turn to in times of trouble, if you have robbed her of the comfort of praying to our Blessed Mother because she associates the prayer with punishment? It's not appropriate. It's not consistent with Catholic belief. It's appalling. Swat her behind and send her back to bed. Fine her $1.00. Think of something more suitable. PLEASE.

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