I was traveling with my son to pick up my daughter from college. My cell phone rang and I automatically answered it. Meanwhile, a motorcycle policeman came up beside me and signaled me over with his left hand. Well being the friendly person that I am I waved back. Yep! I was still holding my phone up to my ear and waving at him. (He was not amused.)
Imagine my embarrassment when I got a ticket for driving and talking on the cell phone in front of my child.
I learned a few things that day.
1. There are natural consequences throughout our life span.
2. I can make a mistake in front of my adult children and they don’t “die” from embarrassment.
3. Kids at any age can learn from our errors in judgment.
4. If I am courteous under pressure to an authority figure my children learn how to deal with authority figures as well.
5. Mistakes can draw a family closer. It can be something to laugh about. It can serve as reminders to obey the laws. It can put us parents on the same human level as our children.
This ticket cost me $142.00. A small price to pay for positive interaction with my children.
Here is your challenge: Use your mistakes to help everyone grow rather than get mad and try to hide them.
Be safe out there and use your hands free device.