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via She Reads Truth

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you.
Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.
- John 14:27, ESV
I have one really firm rule in my house: only one person can cry at a time.

We have a few caveats.

Number One: If someone is already crying, you can’t add in your four choruses of the sob serenade until the first cryer is finished.

Number Two: The youngest cryer gets precedence, so if you are crying and someone younger than you begins to cry, you just have to dry up until the baby stops crying, at which time you may resume.

Number Three: It’s all hands on deck to help the youngest stop crying.

Believe it or not, this actually kind of works. Until it doesn’t. I instituted this rule years ago because I was DYING for peace in my home. We had four kids under four, which means so much poop and crying.

Unfortunately the key to peace isn’t just keeping the volume and stink at bay, though I wish it were that simple. It’s easier for me to work on the behavior of my children or the condition of my home than to look at the state of my own heart.