As children get older, you trade one set of worries for another. You have less control and have to watch them make mistakes and deal with hard consequences. I can honestly say I constantly have a prayer in my heart for their well-being and their choices.
Unfortunately, trials in life don’t wait for the right season or holiday to pass before coming. Many experience difficult challenges during what is supposed to be “the most wonderful time of the year.”
In a recent survey of our community, we found that entitlement and a lack of gratitude was a big concern. How can we help our children really acknowledge the good in their lives? How can we help them avoid the “compare snare” that convinces them that every other kid has better stuff and less responsiblities […]
I’m in an overwhelming season of life, and it’s okay. I don’t need to fix my life. I don’t need to change myself. But I do need to change something.
I’ve realized that Mother’s Day doesn’t have to be about me sleeping in and being served breakfast in bed. Mother’s Day can be nothing more than me thinking about each of my children, how much I love them, and what a gift it is to be their mother.
This article was originally published on June 14, 2010. Submitted by Leslie Harkness: When Aaron and I were married in August 2002, our hopes and dreams of starting a family felt so close and we started trying to have a baby right away. After a few disappointing years, loads of tests and surgery… in March […]
What do your hands say about you? I have my mother’s hands–overworked, baggy knuckled, a bit bony, sinewy hands. They are cracked, but not dry and they are skinny but not delicate. These hands are tools, not accessories.
I loved reading my husband’s thoughts on being home full-time. I have been validated and buoyed up in my mothering since reading his words.
A trusted friend once told me, “In motherhood, the hard moments sometimes outnumber the beautiful moments, but the beautiful moments always outweigh the hard moments.” I have developed a few strategies to give the perfect moments in motherhood even more weight so they can anchor me through the hard times.
They grow up. They leave home. And then, of course, they come back.
They return bearing bags of dirty laundry, stray socks, T-shirts you’ve never seen before, strange cords for charging various digital devices.
I will forever be grateful to my wise friend, Laney, who, in one life-changing conversation, helped me to start challenging “mom-guilt.”
While mini-catastrophes mean nothing in comparison to the larger problems of the world, these types of experiences happen day in and day out in family life. And if we aren’t careful, they can wear us down and cause us to look at our otherwise wonderful lives through an irritated and gloomy lens.