OBEDIENCE – How Disobedience Leads to Big Trouble

Motivational Short Stories

This is the fifth chapter in a series of motivational short stories for kids.

Little Joe liked being the youngest kid in the family, well most of the time he did.  For one thing, he did not have to do as many chores as Emily and Molly.  He didn’t have to go to school, or do homework and he got to play most of the day.  Even though he was free to explore and have fun he was also learning to be, what Mama calls, responsible.

Growing Up

Little Joe was learning to make his bed, pick up his toys and brush his teeth after eating.  He was learning to do the dishes and mama said he was getting good at becoming responsible.


His favorite friend to play with was Timmy.   Timmy was little Joe’s neighbor.  Little Joe was allowed to play with Timmy after his chores were done each day.

Even though Little Joe was allowed to play with Timmy, Mama said he must stay in his yard at all times. That is one of the things, about being the youngest kid, little Joe did not like.  Molly and Emily could cross the street whenever they wanted, why couldn’t he?


One day when Timmy and Little Joe were playing ball, the ball rolled across the street. Little Joe knew that he could not leave the yard but he was tempted.  It would only take a split second to grab the ball and bring it back to the yard.  Before he knew itScreenshot 2016-03-10 at 20.53.47 his little legs were running as fast as they could.  He wanted to get the ball and bring it back before anyone saw him.

Just as he was about to run into the street he heard a loud SCREECH and as he looked left he saw a big white car swerve so close to him he thought he was going to be hit.

Uncle Joe came running from behind the garage and yelled, Little Joe, are you okay? But Little Joe could not speak and he could not move.

Just then Mama came out the door.  Her pretty face looked terrified.  “Little Joe, get out of the street, Right Now! she ordered.

Little Joe backed up until he felt the safety of the curb.  He stepped up on the curb as his legs went weak.  Suddenly he was on the ground.  Little Joe pulled his legs up close to his body, dropped his head to his knees and wrapped his hands around the back of his neck.  Hot tears welled up in his eyes.  His legs and his whole body started shaking.  He was afraid to look up.  Why didn’t I call for Uncle Joe to get the ball for me?

Little Boy Talks to Grandpa

When Little Joe looked up the man from the white car was standing next to Uncle Joe.  He looked a lot like his grandpa. Little Joe thought the man should be mad, but he wasn’t.  He offered Little Joe his hand and guided him to the bench at the edge of the property.  Are you okay young man?” said the grandpa.  Little Joe looked at his gentle blue eyes and answered, “I think so.” “Well, okay then son, I’ll be on my way, please be careful next time, okay buddy?” said the Grandpa as he patted him on the back.

After the man in the white car drove off, Uncle Joe looked at Little Joe and spoke softly, “Little Joe, are you really okay?”

Little Joe shook his head, yes but then he began to cry loudly.  “I’m so sorry Uncle Joe.” Just then Mama came walking up to Little Joe.  There was fear in Mama’s eyes.  Little Joe whimpered, “I almost got killed, Mama !”

Uncle Joe bent down and rubbed Little Joe’s head.  “Come on Wee Man, chin up, you’re safe now.”  “Why do I always disobey the rules, Uncle Joe? I know the rules but I just don’t want to obey them.”  cried Little Joe.

Hard to Follow Rules

Little boy arguing
Follow The Rules

Uncle Joe’s face got serious and that far away look washed over him. “Well, Wee Man, ever since the beginning of time people have had a problem with rules.  Every person wants to do things their own way, nobody really wants to obey the rules.  It’s only when we understand that God gave us rules to protect us, not hurt us, that we begin to see why we must obey the rules.”

Little Joe looked up at Mama as a tear slipped from his eye.  “Mama, I’m sorry I disobeyed you. Sometimes I think rules are dumb but I know that you give me rules to protect me, just like God gives me rules to protect me.  Will you forgive me, Mama?”

Mama’s face softened and the corners of her mouth turned up as her eyes twinkled.  “Yes, Wee man, I do forgive you.”  Mama wrapped her arms around Little Joe as she picked him up and twirled him around two times.  Little Joe loved his Mama and he was so sorry he disobeyed and frightened her.

Little Joe was beginning to understand why Mama and Papa said the rules in the Summerfield family must be obeyed.  If a rule is broken, there is always a consequence.  “Mama, what is my consequence?”  asked Little Joe.

Mama held Little Joe’s hand and looked directly into his eyes, “What do you think your consequence should be?” she asked

Little Joe hung his head and thought about it. “Well Mama, I think I should go to bed without supper and I should be grounded in the house for a whole month.”

Showing Grace

Undeserved Favor

Mama patted Little Joe’s head gently as she bent down beside him.  “Wee man, I think you have punished yourself pretty hard all by yourself.  I believe you learned an important lesson today.  I’ve decided to give you grace.”

“What do you mean Mama?  What does grace mean?”  said Little Joe.

Looking up into the trees, Mama took a moment to think, as if she might find the right words falling like the leaves around her. “What I mean when I say Grace is that I will not give you a consequence this time, even though you deserve one.”

“Really Mama!  No Consequence!”  Little Joe said as he looked at his mama in amazement.

“Really Little Joe, no consequence at all!” answered Mama

Just then Timmy, who had been watching the whole thing, ran up to Little Joe and fell into his arms.  He gave his friend a full bear hug and as he tucked his face into Little Joe’s shoulder he said, “You coulda got killed, Little Joe! You coulda got killed!! I am so glad you didn’t!  You are so lucky!”

Mama laughed softly as she reached out to ruffle Timmy’s hair. “Timmy, I’d say Little Joe was protected, not lucky.”  Timmy’s face turned red because Mama always made his face turn red.

Little Joe gave Timmy a friendly punch on the arm, grabbed the ball, and said, “Come on Buddy let’s play ball!”


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Invest in a Child’s Life

Years ago I took a creative writing class in children’s literature.   It made sense to take this class because I loved to write and understood the value of investing in a child’s life.

Emily’s Little Life is a kids story that builds character. Through Emily and the characters in the story, kids will be learning about the value of possessing character.

Teach Through Story

I have always been drawn to children and their unabashed love for life, their transparency, and teach-ability.  It was a natural process for me to take my passion for writing and fit it to a child’s heart.  My wish is to capture a child’s attention and teach through story. This website will be the place I will write kids stories that build character.

I dedicate this blog to kids and to any adult who takes the time to invest in their lives.  The stories in Emily’s Little Life impart practical examples of character qualities like integrity, obedience, gratitude, compassion, responsibility, forgiveness and more.  If I carry out the goal of reaching kids hearts and drawing them into the desire to live lives of character, it will be an incredibly worthwhile use of my abilities and time.

I believe that we, as those who influence, have been given a sacred responsibility to invest in children’s lives everywhere.  Children are the future.

Children Are Teachable

Children's Story about Joy

Young children are impressionable and teachable. It is vital to instill these character qualities in a child’s life while they are young. My passion to communicate character qualities grew stronger after having children of my own.

A properly nurtured child protected the evils of this world, glow with innocence, wonder, and gratitude. This child is like a blank slate. Children learn from what they see, hear and experience through their sphere of influence.

A Children’s Series that Teaches Morals

Short Stories for Kids in English

You may wonder, what inspired this series, and how I got started. When my children were growing up I purchased a series of books with stories that taught character qualities such as integrity, honesty, gratitude, responsibility, and More. I have searched for this category of children’s books for years with no success. A vision birthed that day, one that became reality when it dawned on me that I could write a children’s series that teach morals.

Story Characters who Possess Morals.

The story’s name popped into my head as I was thinking of the best way to teach a child important truths about morality. It appealed to me to write a story that would capture a little girl’s thoughts and impressions of her World. I named the children’s series Emily’s Little Life.

As the story of Emily’s Little Life unfolds character qualities and lessons, learned in Emily’s world, are sprinkled throughout. The child reader will learn from story characters who display different character qualities. The characters in the story learn lessons about integrity, responsibility, honesty and the many attributes of goodness and godliness.

My goal is to convey these character qualities through the thoughts, feelings and inner workings of living life and learning lessons in Emily’s Little World.

Kids Say The Darndest Things

Good Moral Stories
Moral Stories For Kids

Kids say the darnedest things. Over the years, I have collected the unique sayings and words I have heard from the kids in my life. Most of the sayings have come from my grandchildren but I also have used the words of other children.

I saved these words because I wanted to save the memories. I now realize these words, thoughts, and winsome conversations are treasures.  I have used them in my writings to convey a child’s perspective.

I have kid tested the first three chapters of Emily’s Little Life with my grandchildren who laughed, “awed” and smiled as they listened to me read. They recognized phrases, sayings, and situations which were clearly something they said or did.  After reading the story to them, they asked when the next chapter would be finished.  It was just what I had hoped I would hear; like music to Nana’s ears.

Your response to each story is encouraged. I would love to hear how your child responds to Emily’s Little Life.