I have four boys and they are all playful, outspoken most of the time, and sometimes hardheaded. On some occasions, I would lose patience. At times, I would just keep mum.
The quail eggs I was preparing one early morning taught me how to handle my children. It was only then when I’ve realized how a mother should think, act, and talk.
It was early morning. I woke up early to prepare my boys’ lunch. I boiled a few of their favorite quail eggs. And I began to remove the shell one by one, hoping that each be smooth and pretty.
I looked at the quail eggs again– examined them closely. Some eggs appeared too messy. Others ended up too uninviting to eat while some still had pockmarks or tiny shells attached.
Sometimes, I treat my boys the same way I handle the quail eggs.
I could be harsh to my boys when frustrated. And harsh discipline might leave scars that need years to heal. Same with the egg, holding it too firm may result to an ugly, unappetizing egg covered with pockmarks.
I do not want my kids to be like some of the eggs I peeled.
Lesson learned from this experience?
Peeling eggs can be an effortless process when done carefully and properly. The result would be a clean and smooth egg with no scars.
Looking after four boys is just the same. I need to be patient, careful, and sensitive. And by doing so, no scars of hatred, fear, and aloofness will be built between us.
Parenting is as hard as it is wonderful. Just like peeling off the shell of an egg, dealing with kids should always be handled with care.