Kids ask a lot of us, from morning until night. “Can I have cheesecake for breakfast?” “Can I play at a friend’s house?” “Could you get me some milk?” “Change me!”
(That last one is from my not-yet-potty-trained three-year-old.)
All the requests, frankly, can be a bit exhausting. With four boys, at 1000 questions a piece per day, that’s 4000 questions or 166.6666666 questions per hour! Subtract sleep time and the number increases to an amazing 222.22222 questions per hour. No wonder I’m so tired at night!
It’s easy to viewt our sons’ questions as intrusions. Every little “can I….?” adds something to the day I hadn’t planned, and our days are pretty packed as is. Saying no often seems like the easy way out — “No, we can’t go swimming today” or “No, you can’t have a friend over.”
But what if we viewed our sons’ requests as an opportunity to know them better? What if, instead of viewing requests as intrusions or an added burden, we viewed them as their souls, telling us what they need?