Kodak (who claims, with some clever ads on my sidebar, that we can at least partially knock off our economic worry with a printer) and JuiceBoxJungle sponsored me to write this post, and they asked me to talk about the 3 things I think or worry about as a mom.
WHERE DO I START?
I think as Moms, it’s natural to worry about the job that we’re doing raising our kids. I know Krafty Kitten was just expressing some worries of her own.
Am I ruining my children? Or am I helping them become responsible, capable, independent adults?
Am I teaching them enough of the things that they need to know? Or am I teaching them all the wrong things by my example?
How will my kids remember their childhood? With happy memories? Or with resentments?
Today, though, my top 3 worries for my children are:
1. Do my children feel loved and self-confident? Sometimes one of my kids will say something along the lines of, “Nobody likes me” or “I hate my life.” It doesn’t happen very often, but it breaks my heart when I hear it. I hope that my kids feel loved and secure so that they can in turn share and spread that love to others.
2. I admit it. MANY of my worries currently revolve around our lack of money right now. I worry that they will miss out on important experiences because I haven’t been able to send them to sports or private music lessons or recreational activities. What if Reese could be an amazing gymnast, but will never know because I couldn’t send her to gymnastics?
3. I worry that they will make bad choices. Doesn’t every mother? I’ve taken my kids to church every week for their whole lives, and we pray and talk about the gospel and read scriptures together at home. But what if they reject it all?
To turn it around, here are a few things I’m not worried about:
1. My kids know that I love them. And I do, with all my heart.
2. I am not worried about our children having the experience of “being poor” and doing without. The fact that 7 of us live in a small 3-bedroom townhouse, as much as I wish we could move to a bigger house, doesn’t bother me. We are together. And we spend a lot of TIME together. There’s not much privacy in a house like ours. And that’s ok with me. They have also learned through these last few years the value of working hard.
3. I’m confident that I’ve taught them good values, and what they do with that is out of my hands.
Proverbs 22:6 – Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
What are your worries as a mother? And what do you feel pretty confident about?
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