You know that saying--"This hurts me more than it hurts you." Parents are supposed to think this when they punish their children for something they did wrong. Well, most of the time it is not true...but last night it was. Mark had told a lie, and he needed some lovely discipline. Well, he knew what he did was wrong--and when we were talking to him about what he did wrong, he started to cry very softly...oh, that broke both John and I, and we felt hurt more by disciplining him, than it hurt him. But, of course, we have to show discipline rather than mercy sometimes.
Mark is a tough boy, but he has a very soft heart. We are having to teach that lovely lesson of truthfulness to all of our children(well, not the youngest yet!) right now, and unforturnately, what the older ones are being instructed on, the younger ones start to experiment with.