Saturday, May 11, 2013

Happy Mother's Day!

I have to be honest: I don't know any dead-beat dads or moms personally.  In contrast, most of the parents I know are doing their best to raise their children, balance home and career, and be true to themselves in the process.  So it's to that audience that I write this post.

And in light of Mother's Day, I particularly want to give a shout out to moms- all the moms I know who are going at the speed of light to keep up with the demands of work, home, health, and family.  To all those moms, I want you to know:
  1. You are doing enough.  (You might even be trying to do too much!)  Not only that, but you are enough.  Like I've said before, God gave you your kids because God believed you were just the person to raise them.  God doesn't expect you to be perfect, and no one else does either.
  2. Your child thinks you are the bee's knees and the cat's pajamas.  If you don't believe me, just read the card in the picture above: "I love my mom because when she takes me swimming I have so much fun."  I love that.  It's so simple, and yet so meaningful too.  May that be a little dose of encouragement when you are tempted to think that your child wants elaborate means of fun or needs to be in this, that, and every other thing.  Remember, you are doing enough.  And what your child wants more than anything is to spend some quality time with you.
  3. You are not alone.  It wasn't that long ago that families grew up in a more communal environment- where grandparents, aunts, uncles, and others helped raise the kids, together.  These days, that is more the exception than the rule in most areas.  That's why it can sometimes feel lonely as a parent.  But I promise- there are people near you who are more than willing to help.  What you need to be willing to do is ask.  Once you start asking for help in whatever area you need, you won't always get a "yes."  But what you will get is a sense of who you can rely on, and at the same time, you'll be growing the network of positive people to surround your children with as they grow.

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