"Mommy, I'm tired. Can you put me to bed?" ~Amy
Mommy: Continues to stare at computer.
"Mommy, I'm tired. Can I go to bed now?"
Mommy: Continues previous behavior.
Repeat 3 more times.
"Mommy, I'm tired. Can I PLEASE go to bed?"
"Amy, sweetheart, I'm sorry. I've been ignoring you, haven't I?"
"Mommy, are you sorry in your HEART?"
Something in that struck me. Am I? Am I really sorry in my heart when I treat my kids like they're an inconvenience, an interruption, a roadblock to my oh-so-important agenda?
Sorry in my heart. Yes, dear one, I truly am.