One of my husband’s old professors said that he would rather have them get a “C” in the class and an “A” in family, than the other way around. That has stuck with us, but it’s easier said than done!
These days it’s been hard to find a good balance of working on my projects and being a mom. Since we are home all the time, there are so many things on my “To Do” list, yet there are so many needs that our children have.
It’s easy to get into “productivity mode” and forget what’s really important. All the days seem to blend together with the same old attitudes and the same old battles. It’s very convenient to turn on a show or let them play with their iPads, but shows and iPads won’t fill their emotional tanks!
Parenting is hard work!
Being a mom is hard. It’s hard to be consistent in parenting. It’s hard to respond lovingly when attitudes are present. It’s hard to gently correct while feeling like a broken record. And it’s especially hard to see the hurt caused by their abandonment.
Parenting well is challenging and there is an added level of difficulty when parenting adopted or foster children. However, we all know that some of the most difficult trails lead to the most gorgeous summits!
Keep Calm and Parent On
So this update doesn’t contain any news on our move. It’s more of an update on everyday life and the monotony of the day in and day out struggles.
An update to say that I’m still working on focusing on what’s important and letting the rest go. I’m trying to love unconditionally, and put their needs above my own. I’m trying to be patient amid strong wills and temper tantrums. And I’m trying to look to God for wisdom about how to love each of one of them well!
I’d love to hear the ways you keep a healthy balance of productivity and family time. Share them in the comments below or find me on Instagram.