Most moms have a lot of common sense. They know how to distinguish what is really important and what is not. Most kids don’t have a lot of common sense built in to them when they are born. They need to learn it as they experience life. If kids would pay attention to what their moms advise they would learn common sense a whole lot faster. Moms need to use common sense sometimes to “pick their battles” as the saying goes. In one very important battle in the Bible, two mom’s make very different choices. In the end the one with common sense and true love for the infant wins out. In 1 Kings 3:23-28 we read:
“23 The king replied, “This woman says, ‘This is my son who is alive, and your son is dead,’ but that woman says, ‘No, your son is dead, and my son is alive.’ ” 24 The king continued, “Bring me a sword.” So they brought the sword to the king. 25 Solomon said, “Cut the living boy in two and give half to one and half to the other.” 26 The woman whose son was alive spoke to the king because she felt great compassion for her son. “My lord, give her the living baby,” she said, “but please don’t have him killed!” But the other one said, “He will not be mine or yours. Cut [him in two]!” 27 The king responded, “Give the living baby to the first woman, and don’t kill him. She is his mother.” 28 All Israel heard about the judgment the king had given, and they stood in awe of the king because they saw that God’s wisdom was in him to carry out justice.”
So my advice to kids is, “Listen to your moms.” They love you, have more common sense than you, and want what is best for you. Your mom isn’t going to deliberately give you bad advice. So kids, grow your common sense base by listening to your mom’s common sense.