Sunday, November 23, 2008

Kick in the Booty

I have been tired lately. Physically tired and mentally tired. It is hard work to teach kids to listen and obey the first time. It takes energy and persistence....both of which I seem to lack at any given moment. There are many times where I don't feel like doing what I know that I am supposed to do. Well, God must have seen my weariness and in His amazing grace, He threw me a lifeline. My mentor and friend writes an amazing parenting blog. Yesterday, God used her experience and wisdom to kick me in the booty. Here it is: http://www.mommymap.blogspot.com/ What do you think?

p.s. My friend did send me an email after writing her post to let me know that I was not the mom she was speaking of. I was happy to hear that. But seriously, it could have been me. Who am I kidding.....it is me. (She was just kind enough to pick on someone else for this particular post.)

4 comments:

nates5bs said...

I promise. It really wasn't you this time! LOL!

Teri said...

I agree with the overall theme of "Get off your butt parenting" as I've heard it called - and it was a wake-up call for me, too - especially back when I'd instruct my children from a chair when really I needed to GET UP and go to them and take time to instruct. But I think even the most energetic, compassionate, motivated mom will feel like they are just worn out from time to time and that's okay. That list of quotes she shared from moms sounds familiar, but sometimes we just want another mom to nod, agree, and give us a hug ---- AND we should not give up. I'm rambling. I was also struck by your mention of "first time obedience" which is a nice idea, but God doesn't get that even from us adults - so I don't expect it from my children. I have benefited from advice on "helping" children obey and I've benefited from having expectations that are more in line with God's grace - not permissiveness, but grace. Good luck to all of us figuring it out day by day...

Laura said...

Yes, we are all figuring it out....I would love to hear someone talk about the balance of grace and obedience. I often think I'm way too hard on my kids, and expect them to act like adults, they are children. I want to be able to enjoy them more. God's grace is so good and I know I need to think about that more as I parent.

Cindy said...

Heather, You're a totally amazing mommy.