"Hey Mom, Jeremy is upset." "Okay, Sarah, I'll be right there."
The real story here is what Mom is saying to herself in her mind. "Here we go again. Sarah is always making Jeremy upset. I can't finish anything without somebody having an issue. I'll get to it in a moment."
"Dad, I'm really sorry I messed up and forgot to cut the grass. I'll get to it right after lunch. Sorry dad."
"Aaron, when is this pattern going to change? You need to start being responsible. Don't make promises you can't keep!"
What Dad is thinking is his mind is, "I can't believe this kid. Always an excuse. At least I didn't yell at him. I just hope he gets his act together before its too late. I'm getting really tired of this."
Both of these parents were too busy listening to themselves instead of listening to their children. The Bible says that it is both foolish and shameful to answer before listening (Proverbs 18:13). This is what both of these parents were doing.
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