While eating lunch today my 3 year old told my other two girls that I was "Doctor Mommy" and would make their boo boo's go away. We all chuckled and it began a whole conversation about names and roles people play. As parents we play a zillion different roles depending on what situation is at hand. When our children are sick, we play doctor. When they are sad, we are a comforter and sometimes a counselor. When they are fighting, we play referee. We are a nutritionist, psychologist, financial planner….you get the point. What role of parenting do you find the most difficult?
For me, it seems to vary on the day of the week! Right now, I feel like I am a multi-player in this game of parenting. My youngest woke up with a fever, so I am taking care of her and treating her symptoms…my oldest is experiencing some anxiety about a friend of hers, so I am trying my hardest to comfort her and help ease her concerns. I love my job as a Mom and I am so overwhelmed some days when I stop and look at these three gifts God has given my husband and I. There are other days when I am so overwhelmed because I don't know what the heck I am doing and I am praying for God's guidance to get me through the day.
When I was pregnant I read A LOT of parenting books, trying my best to prepare me for the life ahead. Sure, the books are filled with a lot of helpful information, but do they really prepare you for middle of the night terrors or an 8 year old's heartache because a friend of hers is really ill. NO they don't and I don't know what does. I am struggling with this and searching for how to best handle her anxiety because to tell you the truth I am scared. I am scared for the family and I am scared because I cannot even begin to imagine how a family handles such an event. All I do know, is that I am constantly lifting this family up in prayer and I know in my head it will help. I am just trying to tell my heart that…how do we comfort our children without letting them know we are scared as well? Is it possible to keep them protected from life's disappointments? I don't know, I do know that I want to teach my girls that even though bad things sometimes happen, good will always prevail if we just believe.
When you have brought up kids, there are memories you store directly in your tear ducts. ~Robert Brault
Hi I'm Jen, married to my best friend for 16 years and a Mom to 3 beautiful, energetic daughters. My blog is about life, learning to live with Grace and Girls Raised In The South (GRITS). Thanks for spending some time in my small part of the world! I hope you find a story you can relate to and you'll want to come back!
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