1. Your son must have seen that tender mercy modeled somewhere and my guess is that he saw it in you at other times when you were not as overwhelmed as you are now. I know how awful you must feel that you blew it on this incident, though. When that happens to me, I am so thankful that my children have a father and siblings to pick up the slack, as your little boy did in this case.

  2. Motherhood is means eating humble pie! Remember that another good thing we model is saying “sorry” after we really blow it with our children and later going to confession. Your kids (and mine!) will need that type of “good role model” rather than a “perfect” Mom if they are going to thrive in marriage or religious life.

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