Another week is quickly wrapping up and it’s been a tough one. There have been lots of appointments, practices, and make-believing…but in the midst of it there was lots of stress, yelling and tears. Sometimes, ok…lots of times, I wish there was someone there to just tell me how to be the perfect mom. I want someone to tell me what to say to answer all the questions that get asked and give me the ideas and energy to do tons of baking and crafts with my kids. You know…I want someone to tell me how to be Carol Brady. So the week goes on and I make note that the laundry is growing much quicker than I can seem to keep up with, the van desperately needs to be cleaned, and my kids have watched way to much tv. But all these worries and stresses melt away when Kaylynn comes up to me and wants to snuggle. I then know that even though I lose my temper, she still knows that I love her with all my heart. And when Jackson cups his hand around Carsyn’s cheek and says, “Carsy(his name for her), do you want to play trains with me?”. I then know that even though I don’t always set a good example of caring for others, he knows how to do it. And when Carsyn comes up to my belly and says “baby” and kisses it. I then know that her heart is kind and caring even though I don’t always show kindness. I’ve always known that there were no perfect parents out there, but this week I really “got it”. When I’m not enough for them, God is. Even though I yell lose my temper, God still has them in His hand “un-doing” my crappy parenting and fixing all of my mistakes. Thank the Lord that He is the prefect parent and is there to help me through this journey. I will screw up again. I will yell, lose my temper and let my kids watch too much tv sometimes…BUT He will be there fill in the gaps and THAT is an awesome thing!!!!!
Tomato Staking February 11, 2011
Jackson has always been our “challenging” child. He came out of my womb as such. Since Kaylynn has been pretty easy to “train”, Jackson threw me for a loop. I really didn’t/don’t know how to train a child that is as head strong as me(imagine that!). For the past couple months, things have gotten progressively chaotic around here so I began searching for other alternatives to what we were doing. My mom recommended this book.
While I have not completely read the whole book(you can find the whole book FREE here), I am very encouraged by what I have read so far. After being very discouraged from the past few months of defeat(from my 2.5 year old), I feel refreshed again and believe we CAN raise Jack the way God wants us to. If you know me well, you know that I am NOT a reader…I don’t like to read! BUT, I am getting through this book just as fast as I can(that’s how excited I am about this! 🙂 ) so we can begin this process and enjoy our children to the fullest extent! I would recommend this book to any and ALL parents, whether you have a “challenging” child or not. It has really been a blessing to me and I pray it will be to you too!
Have a wonderful weekend!