Mom was in the kitchen making dinner. Her 2 sons, ages 6 1/2 and 5 walked in. One of them “bumped” into the other and mom held her breath. “Uh-oh”, she thought, “Here it comes”. Usually when something like this occurred, one would start screaming and they both would wind up in a shouting match. Mom had been working diligently with cooperation skills and promoting agreements between the 2 kids. To her shock, one child apologized and said it was his fault. Then the other said, “No, it was my fault, I’m sorry”. “No, really, it was my fault”, the other one said. Mom and her roommate watched this, jaws hanging open, as each child went out of his way to take responsibility for what had happened. Mom began to get tears in her eyes, seeing the 2 boys so close and considerate, grateful for creating an atmosphere of love, trust and kindness in her home. Fantastic work, Mom!
Paula Marx – RCB Participant, Ventura