Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Disgruntled Tuesday parenting thoughts

Today was frustrating. Okay maybe not across the board--I was able to get a bunch of laundry washed, folded and put away. I read a little bit in a great book I recently started. I even read some great things in Psalms and Proverbs. And got a few emails written.

But...one of my kids is basically on my (frayed) nerves. Said individual's attitude, in particular, has been bugging me lately. Today this little person refused to stay in bed during naptime and just doesn't seem to "get it." They even had the nerve to say they DIDN'T get out of bed, when I'd just caught them moments before. (Remember I said they don't seem to get it???)

During times like these I start getting paranoid, begin questioning all my parenting techniques (like I have so many), and about a million other things. Does this child have a hard heart? Will they learn to obey God? Why does their attitude stink? (I never said I wasn't neurotic!)

Trusting the Lord is hard in general...and extra hard when it comes to my kids. At the end of the day, as much as I seek to know and understand my children, only God can truly know their hearts, and their dreams, and their past hurts, and the content of their souls. He has made me their mother and wants me to train them in the way that they should go, but ultimately, He knows.

Which is good, because clearly I do not.

(Also good is that in about two hours I'm meeting some girlfriends for dinner. And I may just go all out and have a drink too!)


Lisa Leonard said...

I am right there with you, friend. Feeling the same feelings today. Thinking the same thoughts. Praying the same prayer for a soft heart.

darci said...

oh i've been there! :) hang in there. hope you have a great girls' night-we all need those.

Chrissie said...

Does my child have a hard heart? Will they learn to obey God? I ask these questions all day long. Because, really, this IS our ultimate goal as parents.
I thank God that he is at work, because they truly are a mystery.

Angela said...

I'm with ya. I just tell myself 'this too shall pass' and usually, it does. not always... but usually. :)
had a GREAT time with you tonight!!

Laundry & Children said...

Your post and my post go hand in hand. Our issue yesterday was lying. Kids will test us.

Hang in there and try to remember that the good days out number the bad.

shell said...

I hope you had a great girls night out!!! A few hours of laughter and good conversation can cure anything!


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