Motherhood. Sometimes there’s ups, and sometimes there’s downs. But whether or not you have fun is how you look at it. With a little perspective, I manage to free myself from the traps of judgement, comparison and expectations that come along with being a mom.
Everyone has an opinion about parenting. It doesn’t matter if they have kids or not. With all these opinions bombarding you, it’s easy to feel like a failure.
If that’s not enough, there’s tons of parenting concepts out there! To name a few, parenting styles, positive parenting, simplicity parenting, scream-free parenting, grace-based parenting, unconditional parenting, perfect parenting and of course parenting the whole-hearted child, the strong-willed child, the ADHD child, the teenager, the toddler, and the infant. Don’t forget to foster emotional intelligence, happiness, and secure attachment all while tackling sleep habits, potty training, discipline and boundaries and lets not forget the dreaded issue of HOMEWORK! So while you’re feeling like a failure, it’s also easy to feel overwhelmed!
But nobody has raised your kids during this time in your household. Only you know what God has blessed you with. Bottom-line: Love your kids and intentionally model for them to kind of person you want them to become. Buckle up! There’s lots of twists and turns along the way. You can read more on this topic in the blog post 5 Essentials to Banishing Competitive Parenting.
Meet My Family
The King of the Castle
He has a love of learning and the capacity to remember everything he reads (once). He puts dishes away like a champ and watches The Walking Dead and Person of Interest (till they canceled it, the jerks) with me. He truly is the King of the Castle and we love going on adventures together (which is awesome, because everyday is an adventure).
The Big Sister Princess
She’s our smart, strong-willed, purple loving princess. She has a giving heart, she’s rule-oriented, and sensitive to others. She has tons of leadership potential and energy. We love her and know she’s going to do great things. She’s 7-years old.
The Little Sister Princess
She wasn’t verbal until her big sister started school, now she’s expressive beyond belief. She notices everything and gets into everything. When she smiles it brightens the room. She loves to dance and perform. She’s 5-years old.
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“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” – Benjamin Franklin
“The way we talk to our children becomes their inner voice.” – Peggy O’Mara
“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” -Proverbs 22:6