Not that I consider myself brave at all. This week has been a difficult week for me as a parent. One particular exchange with one of my daughters ended up with her posting a note outside of her door that said, "NO MOM". That was delightful.
The most difficult thing about parenting is how it is always changing. If say, Isabelle hit 3 years old, and…we got some kind of notice in the mail that said, "That was it! That was all there was to know about parenting. Just keep on doing what you’re doing!" Wouldn’t parenting be easy? If it were a learned skill just like playing basketball or swimming. Life would be so much easier.
I am sure my own parents are wondering what in the world they are supposed to be doing to raise their own grown children. Our jobs are never over till we DIE! And even then, we have a legacy to leave,and hopefully it is one worth following.
Something I read about in a book called Revolutionary Parenting by George Barna, is that constant re-evaluation is the key. Each child is unique and different, each comes with a different game plan that we need to figure and re-figure almost daily. I think God made each kid in our family so different to keep us humble…always asking questions, and always praying.
The "NO MOM!" note on the door was a bit funny, but also a reminder that the challenge of bending and shaping the little wills of these 3 precious girls is a life-time of work. For now, we’re doing the best we can day by day, hour by hour, minute by minute. No wonder we’re so tired!