I knew the bickering was an inevitable fate.
As a homeschool family we’re home all the time together, so that’s not a new element for summer.
But now we’re at home together, with no goals or forward motion.
We have a cast on one child, so no pools.
We have a two year old which adds limitations that some of my friends with a five year old and up have left behind.
That means during the summer I often feel left behind. And with too much time inside, and a couple of siblings who have a constant opinion about every movement or word uttered by another sibling, well, kaboom.
And kaboom for Mama!
By tuesday even kind words were leading to explosions.
Mookie is unhappy with her piece of art. “This just isn’t right!
Her sister approaches and I hold my breath since her instinct is usually to give specific insight of what would improve someone else’s art.
“I think it’s great,” she encouraged.
I let my breath out.
Mookie rolls her eyes and gives her sister the death stare, assuming that the compliment was only a cover for a hidden criticism.
Kaboom, I explode.
A few nights ago I was aimlessly wandering through blogland in an attempt to ignore the challenges that awaited me the next day, and I found a couple of weapons, well, wisdom, well, life jackets, that lifted me up for the rest of the week.
After the first minutes of exploring the blog Inspired to Action, I’d already decided that all of the encouragement I’d ever wanted to give to mamas had already been written, with more wisdom and more wit and more skill than I had in me, so I better just stop blogging and maybe take up a new hobby. Something non-computer or writing related, such as fly fishing.
I’m so glad she is such a great writer and passionate mom because watching the video she’s recorded about motherhood and skimming her ebook about how to get a better start to my morning reminded me that my purpose as a mother is greater than just to survive.
I’d started to forget this week.
Some of the inspiring resources on her site that you need to check out:
- Her Video (start here if you’re having a bad mama day and then you’ll have a little renewed “umph” to print out her more practical ideas.
- A prayer calender for your children (that’s you praying for your children)
- A prayer calender for your husband
- A FREE e-book entitled Maximize Your Mornings-this is a very funny, encouraging book, not at all written in the style of an army drill sergeant Mama who might make you feel worse than better.
- Another FREE e-book entitled Mission Statements for Moms
- There’s even more.
In the same session of late night perusal, I found some new resources on Quiet Times for Kids.
- Check out their video blogs with tips on parenting.
- Go to their Free Printables Page to print a Yield Sign with Scripture designed to slow down sibling rivalry.
- Print out the blessing jar coupons to reward your children for yielding with their mouths, attitudes, and hearts.
- Buy their new Bible Study on the Armor of God and receive two dollars off (coupon code is “twodollarsoff”)
I’ve been going back to all of these resources over the past few days. I’ve started to change my morning routine, waking up just a bit earlier in order to be ready to greet my kids. We’ve also introduced the yield signs and the blessing jar starts monday.
Thank goodness for moms who share their wisdom and their imperfection.No comments