Successful Mothering?

emoticon-1611977_1280One of the saddest times I have as a parent is when I ask my sons to say something nice about their brothers and it takes FOREVER! Seriously, how hard can it be to think about something good!? I have an extreme dislike for Obama and I can give him a compliment. He said he was going to fundamentally transform this nation and he kept to his promise. That is definitely a positive characteristic of his personality!

Parenting in this PC culture we have these days is so difficult. How many times have I held my tongue when I wanted to ask my kids what planet they learned something?! Most of my creativity comes from making up statements that aren’t too mean while still getting my point across. Why can I ask myself why in the world I did something so stupid, but I can’t ask anybody else that?

As I have a wide array of ages with my sons, I can see where I’ve failed in the older ones and attempt to chart a different course with my younger ones and hope I don’t turn too far in the other direction. I hear sarcasm come out of my oldest one and I have to explain that his youngest brothers don’t always understand sarcasm. I love me a sarcastic joke and he does too. I almost bought him a shirt the other day that said, “National Sarcastic Society; like we need your support!” That shirt still has me laughing, but probably not a good shirt for a High School student.

I can┬ásee the flaws in my sons as I’m sure they see all my flaws, but people still need words of affirmation, including my sons.

I love to build them up, but I also try to be realistic as I don’t want to add to this generation of snowflakes.

I am so confident in so many aspects of my life, but I still like to hear when others believe I am doing well. I am trying to teach my kids this. They can be so frustrated with their brothers, but they should always be able to remember the goodness in each other. They should always see the good before the bad. I am working so hard on this lately and I feel like I am failing at times, but I won’t give up.

When my husband wrestles with our sons he has taught them a motto, “Never give up!” I love that motto. Of course, it was the cutest when one of my younger ones thought it was, “Never GET up!” Life with children is truly a great blessing!

Moving on though, we should never give up trying to see the good in people before any flaws. I would love my sons to be able to have kindness and goodness rolling off their tongues as quick as their insults to each other. I’d like to think this would make me feel like I was a success as a Mother, but then I think if they could just aim their pee into the inside of the toilet bowl, that would make me feel successful too. Everybody’s desires are different!!

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Onward I Will Go!

I found out today that I am one year from graduating with a double major. I was pretty excited considering I feel like I have been on this path for so long now. I am graduating sooner than I previously thought and with another major since I have been taking some serious course loads. I am so excited and I feel a renewed sense of strength now that I see an end in sight. I can see the end of one thing and a whole new world of opportunities opening up.

As I pondered this throughout the day, I realized that my spiritual walk can be like this at times. It can feel like this long walk that at some point, will have its rewards, but I must just suffer through it. How sad is that!? I should feel this renewed strength on my daily walk as I delve into the scriptures and pray and worship my King. I should never feel like I am trudging along this bleak path. I felt a little convicted as I thought this through.

Yes, we go through valleys and difficult times, but our life should show His fruits. We should be filled with His love and joy and peace. We should be running this race and not dragging our feet and stumbling every step. God is with us all the way. He said He will never leave us or forsake us. What a promise that is!