True Confessions Of A First Time Dad: My Daughter Growled At The Babysitter

I can’t even call them babysitters.  They have become our family.

Rich, Angie, Anne, Laura, Carolyn, and Molly have become such a huge part of our family’s life that we can’t thank God enough for them.  They have loved our kids as their own and we are truly blessed to have them in our lives.

Ok, nuff mushy stuff, but it’s important. 🙂

A few nights ago Carolyn was watching Aniston and Easton at our house.  This was the first time we had left our little 2-month-old hand grenade with anyone, but we know Carolynn (aka Blah Blah) could handle the task.  After all Aniston LOVES her and has been around her for literally her entire life.

We came home from dinner, Carolyn said everything was awesome as usually until bed time.  She took Aniston down for her bedtime routine of pajamas, potty, teeth brushing, bedtime story, and prayers when something strange happened.  Carolyn laid out 3 options of PJ’s for Aniston to pick from, but when she told her to choose she folder her arms, glared her eyes, and started to growl…like a dog…to Blah Blah.

She regrouped and tried again, but Aniston growled again and said “I in charge.”

Never having dealt with a possessed 3 year old before she asked her if she wanted a timeout thinking that would flip the switch.   Unfortunately, instead of being crushed and apologetic Aniston said “yes” and happily went to the corner to growl a bit more.

Fortunately, “Toddler Wolf” finally snapped out of it and became sweet Aniston again.  She put on her PJ’s and went to bed singing a sweet apology song to Carolynn as she drifted off to sleep.

Ok…you can say it…I agree…that was straight up weird.

Cherie and I were so embarrassed and so apologetic to sweet Carolyn.  I hope we paid her like a billion dollars, but I can’t confirm that.  🙂

After She left, we huddle up to figure out the plan of attack for our little Werewolf the next day.

I have an amazing wife and her idea was to have her make Carolynn an I’m Sorry Card and then go to her house and apologize in person.  Here is what she wrote on the card.  See if you can guess what part Aniston added.

“I’m sorry I was not a good girl last night. 

I will be a good girl the next time you come over.  

I love your crayons.  I love you.  – Beeg”

Fortunately the Beil’s still love us and I even think Carolyn will continue to share her Crayons with Aniston so all was saved!

For me it was a great reminder about how important it is to seek forgiveness sooner rather than later in a relationship.

Paul speaks of exactly that in Ephesians 4:26 when he says “In your anger do not sin.  Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.”

The worst thing I see people do is sweep things under the rug or pretend something didn’t happen in hopes the hurt will be forgotten.  The reality is that as Christians we need to be initiating reconciliation early and often as a sign of spiritual growth within us.

If we are not the first to seek peace we are missing God’s direction.

Don’t let a growl turn into bark into a bite into a full on dogfight when a simple “I’m sorry” or “please forgive me” can cover a multitude of sins.

Because, believe me, if we don’t take care of things before the sun comes down that’s when the Werewolves really come out.



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