The following is a short list of my mistakes as a mom just with my first (a.k.a., "learner") child.
- High-pressure potty training.
- Starting her in kindergarten and ballet and church kids' club all in the same week.
- That accidental half sumo wrestler/half alien hula girl birthday cake.
- Letting her sign on for a killer academic and extracurricular load her sophomore year in high school just because we knew she'd be able to handle it.
- Not having her take a math class the semester before she took the SAT.
- All the yelling. (Mine.)
- All the meltdowns. (Also mine.)
I know, because I worried about these things, too. But the blessing of being a mom with some mileage on her is that you have the keen perspective of hindsight. The older your children get, the more you're able to see how the story you've been writing turns out.
I'd be so grateful if you took a moment to head over to Simple As That to read the rest of this post. With a bunch of years behind me and my (mostly) delightful teenage children in front of me, there are five things that truly seem to have mattered...things that, unlike that hula girl cake, I'd do again.
I love the weird family theme (of course!) and how you didn't feel they had to act like little happy things all the time! I just love when I see kids being allowed to be themselves - quirks and all!ReplyDelete
Aw, thank you, my sweet Lisa! I know you welcome weird at your house, too...which is how I know I'd feel right at home there. :)Delete
"Motherhood is a great, grand calling to shape eternal souls and mold the minds and hearts of people who are given to us as gifts."ReplyDelete
This is a great statement!
I find the time aspect to be challenging. There is so much I need to get done, but so often I stop what I'm doing to read "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" to my girls for the 80th time this week.
Thanks for the reminder that these "interruptions" are with it!
Thank you so much for taking time in the midst of all those things to read this, Shannon, and for leaving this lovely encouraging feedback! You're doing a fabulous job at this great, grand calling, sweet mama.Delete
My kids are still young but I'm a much different mom to my baby (now almost four) than I was with my first. Wish I had been this way all along. You're right that we get all caught up in all.the.things instead of just enjoying the journey we are on. Visiting from Wonderful Wednesday party.ReplyDelete
There's always something new to learn as a mom, isn't there, Victoria? Even with my teens, I hope I'm still "refining"! :) Thanks so much for stopping by...blessings on your day!Delete