Thursday, March 4, 2010
I read an article that really spoke to me, saying that children teach parents how to be parents. We as parents learn as much from our children as they do from us. The point being that we learn how to be more responsible, mature, patient, etc., from dealing with our children each day.
And that really hit home with me. When I was single, I looked forward to the day when I would get married and have children. But, I always made sure to live my life to the fullest, and enjoy being single while I was actually single. I didn't want to look back on my single days and think to myself, "Oh, I wish I had done this or that. . ." I do think that sometimes, but for the most part I was content as a single woman and I enjoyed my life.
It dawned on me the other day that this season of my life with two young children should be treated in the same manner. So often during the past two years, I have focused on the future, and how things will be when the kids reach this milestone or that milestone, or being busy with creating a successful home business so that I can remain at home with my children, that I haven't truly stopped and savored each day that I have with them.
My daughter turned 18 months old yesterday, and I realized that she's going to be 2 years old in 6 months! And, I just couldn't believe it. She's my baby, and she's going to be 2 soon. It made me feel kind of sad that my babies are growing up so fast.
God has really been ministering to me about truly enjoying and savoring this time with my children. I am investing in their little lives, and I want to look back on these days and know that I lived it to the fullest and enjoyed all these moments together. Having this mindset has made me more patient, and also more firm in training my children.
Any other career is secondary to the one I already have as my children's mother.