Everyone knows the saying: “insanity is doing the same thing over and over again but expecting a different result”.
That must be why so many parents feel like they are going crazy raising their children.
My son, Dominic, will be 4 in January and although we did not experience the terrible two’s, the three’s have been far from terrific. Parenting consistently has been a huge challenge for us…for me. When your child is strong willed or at the very least going through a strong willed phase it can be easy to lose hope in your parenting style.
“Why can’t I get my child to mind?!” we sigh in exasperation. But then again we don’t want our children to be mindless acquiescing children with no need to think for themselves or missing a backbone to stand up for what it is right! What’s a mommy to do!?!
Each day is truly a learning curve. Both for me learning to parent and for my children learning to make better choices. There’s no magic formula. I know now more than ever that parenting style varies from family to family. And even child to child.
So each day, I take a big breath. And try again. Dust off the failures from the day before. Learn from the successes that preceded and rest in the fact that God is not finished with our sweet children (anymore than he is done with shaping my very own life) and be thankful for his patience in rearing me and leading me and my husband in raising our children in the ways of the Lord.
This post is part of a 31 day movement. You can learn more about it here but the gist of it is that I take 5 minutes to write on a one word prompt that is provided following a theme that I have chosen. My theme is The Mom Life. So every post will center around my life and experiences as a mom and what comes to mind when I think about the prompt given. Hope you enjoy following my writing journey as much as I will love crafting the words.