When you are feeling a little mad?
It's time to stop your play to eat,
You come inside "Please wipe your feet!"
You tell Mom "NO! my feet are clean!"
You sound quite stern, and very mean.
Mom looks at you and shakes her head,
"I don't think I heard what you said!"
"Did you say no to wipe your feet?
I can say no when its time to eat!
No food for you, no snack no drink!
Your belly will be hungry, what do you think?"
"Would you like me to say no to you
When you ask for help to tie your shoe?
For a hug in the morning or a kiss at night?
Do you think saying no would be alright?"
"I think that you would be very sad
If I told you no whenever you had
something you needed me to help you do,
You would not like it very much, would you?"
"I would not." you said with quiet voice
Knowing that you needed to make the right choice.
You stood for just one minute more
Then wiped your feet as you came in the door.
To my Readers: It's ok to be angry sometimes, or not want to do something, but your Mommy and Daddy love you very, very much and it is important to be good listeners!